A Dorchester man was rescued from a tree this afternoon after his hand was impaled by a tree branch, stranding him approximately 30 feet above the ground.
The man was attempting to trim a tree on Columbia Road when a branch broke and pinned his hand between the branch and the trunk of the tree, according to Boston Fire District Chief Robert Dowling.
Firemen positioned a cherry picker below the man as they eased a harness around his body. Then the man was lowered into the bucket of the machine and back down to the ground.
The man, who appeared to be in his 60s, suffered severe damage to his hand, Dowling said.
The unusual rescue scene found the man near the top of his ladder which was perched on top of an overturned shopping cart.