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Teen Found Under Water After Being Swept Away By Long Island Sound Current

Members of the Fairfield Fire Department rescued a teen from Long Island Sound.
Members of the Fairfield Fire Department rescued a teen from Long Island Sound. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

A teen swimming with three of his friends was rescued after being overcome by the incoming tide in the South Benson/Ash Creek area of Long Island Sound near the Bridgeport/Fairfield border.

The rescue took place around 6:08 p.m., Thursday, July 11, when the Fairfield Fire Department received a 911 call regarding the teen who failed to resurface after going underwater, said Fairfield Fire Lt. Robert Smith.

The department's marine unit arrived in the area within four minutes under the command of Lt. Eric McKeon, and began searching for the missing teen, Smith said.

Fairfield Police units spotted the victim underwater from shore and were able to direct fire units to the victim in the water. Firefighters entered the water and successfully removed the victim at 6:24 p.m., Smith added.

The teen was quickly transported to the South Benson Marine while fire personnel performed advanced life-saving measures.

Once at the dock, lifesaving measures were taken over by medics from American Medical Response as he was transported to Bridgeport Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

The three other teens were able to make it back to shore.

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