Man falls into water, pulled out by passersby

Published on Thu, Oct 2, 2003
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Man falls into water, pulled out by passersby

Officers were dispatched to a CPR in progress aid call to the Semiahmoo Marina last Saturday, after a man apparently slipped and fell into the water.

According to police reports, a neighbor on a nearby vessel saw the person and pulled him from the water and started CPR. The victim was transported to St. Joseph�s Hospital.

St. Joseph�s Hospital would not comment on the status of the victim, provide his name, or acknowledge he was a patient, because of new federal privacy regulations allowing the hospital to refuse to release patient information.

Fire chief Jim Rutherford said the victim was transported to the hospital with a pulse, and had a pulse at the hospital.

Blaine police chief Mike Haslip said people on nearby boats in Semiahmoo Marina noticed the owner of the sailboat at slip A10 working by himself cleaning the deck of his boat. �About 10 minutes later he was found in the water unconscious beside the boat,� he said. �It appeared that the victim had been cleaning his boat while barefoot, and had slipped over the side, striking his head on the dock and falling unconscious into the water.�

Passersby pulled him onto the dock and began CPR, Haslip stated, and police officers and medic personnel soon responded to the call for assistance, and continued life saving efforts.

�At this time it is not known if the victim succumbed to his injuries,� Haslip said.

Fellow boaters at the marina whom officers interviewed were very saddened at the accident, Haslip said.

�They described the victim as a role model boater, as he was helpful to the other marina tenants and kept his own boat in immaculate condition,� he said.

As of press time, the man�s status was still unknown.