It was a scary situation for one particular swimmer Thursday afternoon as he was injured while in the water, but the Hartford Fire Department was able to rescue him and deem him safe and sound. The Hartford Fire Department says that they were dispatched to a report of an injured swimmer in the Ottaquechee River near the Quechee Covered Bridge, which is known to be a popular swimming spot. First units on the scene found a 14-year old male swimmer on the water’s edge, being tended to by other swimmers.
Fire officials discovered that the swimmer had jumped 6-8 feet into the water from a ledge and hit a rock underwater, injuring his lower back and hip area. Because of his location and injuries, he was extricated using a stokes basket to the roadway. He was loaded onto an ambulance and transported to DHMC for treatment there.
His injuries were non-life threatening and the patient remained conscious and alert during the rescue. Additional Hartford units helped respond to provide extra manpower and equipment to rescue the injured swimmer.