Video: Conn. police officer saves man from drowning

The officer swam around 100 yards out to where the man was struggling to stay afloat


By Sarah Calams

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — A video captured the moment a quick-thinking police officer saved a man from a potential drowning.

WJLA.com reported that the incident, which was captured on video, happened at the shore area of Bradly Point. The West Haven Police Department received multiple 911 calls for a person in the water struggling to stay afloat. The department's shore patrol units and nearby officers were dispatched to the area. 

"Several units arrived at the same time and, upon observing and assessing the situation, it was determined the subject in the water was in immediate danger of going under if he was not given assistance," the department wrote on Facebook

As a result, an officer removed his gear and entered the water to make his way toward the man. He swam 100 yards before reaching the man, who was still struggling to stay afloat. 

"The first officer then began to drag the male back toward the shoreline while swimming against the current. While making their way back to shore, a second officer entered the water and joined up with the two to assist with the rescue," the department's Facebook post said. 

The man was treated on scene and the officer was not injured during the rescue. 

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