Man rescued from Beltzville lake
A man was rescued from the waters of Beltzville Lake Thursday afternoon after he was involved in an incident with his watercraft.
Franklin Township fire Chief Lynn Diehl said the incident occurred about 3 p.m. by the Pine Run boat launch, but ended up being on the south side of the lake.
Diehl said the incident involved a jet skier who had fallen off his watercraft and had said he suspected spinal chord injuries and was having numbness and paralysis.
“He was still in the water; his friends were with him and they kept him upright,” Diehl said. “He had a vest on; he was like 200 yards offshore and they slowly made their way to shore with him.”
Diehl said Franklin Township Fire Department called the Lehighton Fire Department water rescue team to assist.
“It wasn’t quick access for us,” he said. “We had to make access through the trails.”
Diehl said they were on scene for about 45 minutes. The man was transported to EMS.
He said Lehighton Ambulance also assisted at the scene.
Diehl said all things considered, he thought the situation went well.
“Just a lot of people being out of the area, they don’t know the area,” he said. “It was hard for us to figure out where they actually were.”