Firefighters Rescue Homeless Man From Rising Floodwaters

Aaron Kupec
January 25, 2019 - 9:08 am

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Willimantic firefighters rescued a homeless man who became stuck in a tree amid rising floodwaters from the Willimantic River Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to the area near the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum shortly after 5:30 a.m., to find the man stuck about eight feet up in a tree, said Fire Captain Scott Card. Four firefighters donned cold-water suits and used a kayak to rescue the man.

"It was a flooded woods area, so it was waist deep to chest deep," said Card. "The guys with their suits on were climbing over trees that they couldn't see under water, over bushes, through prickers that they couldn't see. Plus it was dark out, so that just made it a little more challenging."

The victim was taken to Windham Hospital with minor leg injuries and possible hypothermia, said Card. No firefighters were hurt in the rescue.