By Beth David, Editor
In a rather unusual incident, a man had to be rescued from the hurricane barrier in Fairhaven after he fell and got stuck in the rocks, head first.
On Monday, 5/14, at about 5:30 p.m..s a man climbed down the rocks of the hurricane barrier at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven to talk to some people fishing, said Fairhaven Harbormaster Timothy Cox. On his way back up, the man slipped and fell into the rocks.
Mr. Cox said the man’s hands were also stuck inside the hole he fell into, so he had no way of pushing himself out.
“I only could see his waist to the top of his feet,” said Mr. Cox.
A couple of women who were jogging along the top of the barrier saw him fall and called 911.
The man had a cut on his head, probably requiring a few stitches, and there was a lot of blood because of it, but he had not broken bones.
“It took four people to pull him out,” said Mr. Cox, adding that his son, an assistant harbormaster, and three responding firefighters pulled the man out.
“I’ve never seen that before,” said Mr. Cox. “That was a first for me.”
He said it was a “good thing” someone saw him. If it had been very early in the morning, or later in the evening, it could have been hours before he was found.
Meanwhile, the tide would go up.
He said the man was not yelling, but was making noises. When the younger Mr. Cox touched his leg to let him know help was on the way, he was “relieved,” said Mr. Cox.
He was taken to the hospital, but had no broken bones, according to Deputy Fire Chief Todd Correia, who spoke with news outlets after the incident.
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