Man rescued from atop ham radio antenna

An 80-year-old Edgartown man was rescued Monday morning by the Edgartown Fire Department from a ham radio tower in his yard.

William Welch, an electrician and avid amateur radio operator, got his sneaker caught atop a 20-foot-tall backyard antenna after he scaled the structure to secure it ahead of the impending nor’easter, his wife Betty told The Times.

Firefighters were dispatched at around 10:45 am to 7 Welch’s Way for a report of a man trapped on a tower.

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