An elderly man took a frosty dip at a Fairfield County marina when he slipped off the dock and required police intervention to rescue him from the frigid waters.
Officers from the Stamford Police Department responded to the TGM Anchor Marina at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, when they received a report that an 80-year-old man had fallen into the water while tending to his boat.
According to Stamford Police Lt. Michael Noto, officers Matthew Romano, Jonathan Gale and Erik Soderholm were on the scene in less than three minutes and were able to pull the Waterbury resident out of the water and to safety.
Noto said the man was at the dock, working on his boat with a friend when he slipped. The man was unable to pull himself out and his friend was unable to get him out of the water.
Once he was back on dry land, the man stated that he couldn’t feel his legs. The officers proceeded to remove some of the wet clothing and helped warm him up until paramedics from the Stamford EMS arrived at the scene to transport him to a local hospital. Noto said that the 80-year-old man is currently recovering at Stamford Hospital.
“The victim was thankful the police arrived so quickly, stating he wasn’t sure he could hold onto the dock much longer,” Noto added. “The Stamford Police Department is extremely proud of the quick actions taken by the Officers. They quite likely saved the man’s life.”
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