HYANNIS – As you will see in the following HN Video, shortly after 2:00 a.m., Barnstable Police Officers had received a vague call about someone lying on the docks near Aselton Park, and that he may have possibly been trying to do his laundry.
Officers responded quickly, as it was just one or two months ago that police found a man in the same area of the docks deceased, completely frozen after being exposed to the water.
As you will see and hear, officers found that the man was not lying on the dock as initially reported, but rather had fallen in and become stuck, unable to climb out by himself and get to safety.
You’ll see officers pull the man from the frigid harbor. He told officers he had been stuck in the water for about half an hour. Had officers not arrived when they did, the man very likely would have succumbed to the cold water. The man, who told HN he was 57-years-old, was transported to CCH.
According to online sources, today’s Hyannis area water temperature is 42°.
UPDATE – The following is the actual media statement from the Barnstable Police Department:
Barnstable Police Officers pull intoxicated man from the frigid waters of Hyannis Harbor after he fell in while washing clothes.
At about 2:00 am this morning Barnstable Police received a call from a witness who observed a man at the Ocean Street docks stumbling around trying to do laundry in the harbor water.
When Officer Lima and Officer Valiga arrived, they found a pile of laundry on the dock and a male submerged in the harbor up to his neck while clinging to the floating pier.
He was identified as a 57-year-old Hyannis man who was pulled from the water by Officers Lima and Valiga.
The man had spent several minutes attempting to yell for help. The male was conscious and breathing and appeared to be heavily intoxicated. He told police he was trying to wash his clothes when he tumbled off the dock into the water.
He was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Hyannis Rescue where he was
admitted for treatment.
There are no pending charges at this time.
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