They then had to bring him back out.
“It was an inch of ice. You couldn’t stand on it,” said Chris DuBois, of the Westborough Fire Department. “You had to push your way through the underbrush, and once we found him, we had to make sure we kept him above water.”
They carried him part of the way back, then used an ATV to bring him to a waiting ambulance.
“They really worked hard to get me out of there. They bushwhacked in with a chain saw, and the guys were wearing the suits that they do for water rescue," Johnston said. “It was cold. I was shivering, and they were sweating just getting me out of there, which they did, and they just transported me to UMass.”
Johnston returned home from the hospital Thursday night.
“If I didn’t have my cellphone, my wife would be planning,” Johnston said. “I couldn’t have gotten out by myself, I’ll tell you that.”
His falcon has a GPS tracker and was recovered by Westborough firefighter Mark Boyer, who volunteered during his time off to find the bird of prey, the Fire Department said Saturday. The falcon was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment.