The man was airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

The horrible accident took place on Sunday afternoon as an unnamed man fell off the Eddyville bridge that carries state Route 213 over the Rondout Creek, according to the Daily Freeman.

The Bloomington Fire Chief Fred Harris told the Freeman that, the man was fishing with his girlfriend around 3:48 p.m. Sunday, when he fell off the bridge and landed in the water and onto some rocks.

The cause for the fall is unknown and still under investigation but Chief Harris did say that it took around 30 minutes for local firefighters and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office team to pull the man from the water.

First responders had to use fire department and sheriff's boats to rescue the man as Harris said "There was no way of getting to him without getting into the water" and that the man was conscious when rescuers arrived on the scene, but he did have some severe injuries that included broken bones, and difficulty breathing.

Harris also said that once the man was taken onto the sheriff's boat, he was taken to a boat launch and then to the helicopter that took him to Albany Medical Center.

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