Police: Naked fisherman pulled from water


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Two officers helped rescue a man from the water early Thursday morning, New Bedford police said.

Det. Capt. Steven Vicente said a fishing boat captain heard someone screaming for help near Pier 3 around 3:30 a.m. The captain found a 46-year-old Rhode Island man in the water, naked and clinging to an anchor rope. Police said the man had been in the water for a long period of time and appeared to be going into shock.

Officers Johnny Galarza and Steven Alers arrived on scene, threw the man a life ring, and guided him to a dock ladder, Vicente said. Firefighters helped pull the man from the water, then medics took him to St. Luke’s Hospital. Vicente said the man was treated for hypothermia, and was expected to recover.

Vicente said the victim was likely from one of the fishing vessels docked at the pier. It’s not yet known how the man ended up in the water.

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