Firefighters rescue man who jumped from Muller Bridge

by Town Reminder

Firefighters rescue man who jumped from Muller Bridge
By Kristin Will
Staff Writer

SOUTH HADLEY – A South Hadley man in his 70s was rescued from the Connecicut River Thursday after witnesses said he jumped from the Muller Bridge into the cold waters below.
South Hadley Fire District No. 1 responded to the bridge at 1:30 p.m. and found the man had made his way to a sandbar in the middle of the river. He originally had jumped into the deeper end of the water, said Fire District No. 1 Chief Robert Authier.
Firefighters threw a 150-foot rope down to the man “so he could hang onto something,” said Authier.
A life vest was lowered as well, and the man put it on himself.
South Hadley Fire District No. 1 launched its rescue boat to retrieve the man. He was pulled into the boat and taken to shore on the Red Cliff side of the river, said Authier.
The man was then transported to Holyoke Hospital.
“It was good he was able to get to the sandbar,” said Authier, and that “the river wasn’t raging like it was yesterday with the wind.”
If worse came to worst, firefighters would have repelled off the bridge to grab the man and hold onto him until a rescue boat could assist.
Witnesses said the man parked his vehicle on the Muller Bridge and “jumped right off,” said Authier.
South Hadley and Holyoke police responded to the incident.