Extra effort needed to recover man injured near Mayo Island

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Richmond's Dive Squad had another busy Saturday.

Crews were called out to the 14th Street Bridge around 8:30 a.m.

The Fire Department was told a man had broken his ankle.

He wasn't exactly sure what island he was on -- just that he was near Mayo Island.

The victim is a homeless man living in the so-called "tent city."

The dive squad had to walk across the train tracks to reach him.

"It is out of reach," said Richmond Fire Lt. Stephen Forgette. "Our only access is either by boat or walking across the train tracks. The river level, the way it is, we could have done boats but it would have been more of an effort so we ended up having to shut down the Norfolk Southern Rail Line."

It took crews between fifteen and twenty minutes to find the victim.

He was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment.

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