Updated: Man nearly drowns in Wellfleet

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– Wellfleet Fire reports that at approximately 12:08 p.m, Tuesday, they were dispatched to a report of a possible drowning at Long Pond. A 911 call directed rescuers to the Long Pond Beach Landing area.

Wellfleet rescuers arrived at 12:09 p.m. and found bystanders performing CPR on a 78-year-old man who had been pulled from the water prior to their arrival. Wellfleet Police arrived and continued resuscitation efforts.

Additional medical personnel including a paramedic and EMT from Truro Fire Rescue were called to the scene. Advanced Life Support care continued in the ambulance until arrival at Cape Cod Hospital at 1:02 p.m.

It has been determined the man was a visitor from out of state. Fire Chief Richard Pauley credits the civilians who witnessed the scene and began bystander CPR on the victim.

Chief Pauley stated: “Upon our arrival at the scene, two or three individuals had already started CPR. We had a limited on duty staff response as most of the on duty crew was committed to a prior EMS call and on the way to the hospital.” The Chief went on to say “With citizen CPR in progress before our arrival, responding paramedics were able to immediately initiate advanced level life support treatment and care.”

“There is no question that the civilian bystander who immediately started CPR on the patient made a positive difference in this situation.” Chief Pauley concluded.

As of press time, no further information was available on the man’s condition.
Media release furnished by Wellfleet Fire; map courtesy of Google

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