“On Thursday, 12/7/23 the Mattapoisett Police received a 911 call from an 81-year-old male who stated that he had been hunting in the area of Haskell Swamp and had become lost and could not find his way out. Mattapoisett dispatch remained on the line with the caller as Police units were dispatched and responded to the area.
Officers located the party’s vehicle on I195 West. Lt. Justin King and Officer Osetkowski set off on foot from this location in an attempt to locate the party. 911 call data received at the Mattapoisett Pd. and also by officers on scene via LIVE911, Officers were able to determine an approximate location of the calling party.
Officers on scene were also able to hear the caller live through the LIVE911 in their cruisers. Officer Perez launched a Mattapoisett Police Drone. The temperature was 28 degrees and dropping and darkness was quickly setting in. MSP airwing was notified and responded to the area. MSP airwing quickly located the elderly male and guided officers through the darkness and thick brush towards him. Lt. King and Officer Osetkowski located the party at 17:00hrs. Officers determined the party could not walk out of the wooded area without assistance.
Marion Fire/EMS was notified and responded into the wooded area with their Fire/EMS UTV. MSP airwing guided the Marion Fire / EMS UTV towards the officers and the elderly male party. The party was loaded on/to the UTV and transported to I195 where the Mattapoisett Police EMS was awaiting. The male party was evaluated by Mattapoisett Police EMS and released. AT 18:36 hrs. all units cleared the scene.
This successful search was a coordinated effort by the Mattapoisett Police, Massachsetts State Police, Rochester Police, Marion Police and Marion Fire/EMS.”-Mattapoisett Police Department.