Firefighters used a hovercraft to rescue an elderly man who had become trapped on an ice island in the middle of a lake Monday, Dec. 28.
The man, who was not identified, was out hunting in the Knightville Dam area in Huntington when he became lost and found himself on a patch of ice 300 feet from shore, according to MassLive.
Using a cell phone, the man was able to call 911 and dispatchers were able to ping his location in the Knigtville Basin.
Huntington, a community in the Hilltowns, was covered in ice and snow making it difficult for responders to reach the stranded man by foot.
Huntington Emergency Management used a drone to relay messages to the stranded man.
A hovercraft from the Westfield Fire Department was used to carry a Huntingont firefighter in a thermal suit out onto the ice to rescue the man. Northampton’s Fire Department, the Massachusetts Environmental Police, and Massachusetts State Troopers also responded to the incident.
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