Officials: Man, naked from waist down, fell into Camden Harbor after drinking

Posted Aug. 16, 2013, at 1:10 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 16, 2013, at 6:51 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Police and firefighters responded early Friday morning to the report of a man who had apparently fallen into Camden Harbor and needed some help.

The 50-year-old man had been on the moored vessel the Fire Bird, and at about 1 a.m. a person on a nearby sailboat called dispatchers to say he was in distress in the water, according to Fire Chief Chris Farley. The fire chief did not know the name of the man in the water.

The Camden Fire Department was called to assist the Camden Police Department, and some firefighters who are rescue swimmers got geared up, got the boat out of the public safety building and took it to the harbor. Once in the outer harbor near Curtis Island, rescuers found that the sailor had pulled the swimming man onto a dinghy. The water temperature was 60 degrees, Farley said, and the man in the water was starting to show signs of hypothermia. He was not wearing a life jacket and was naked from the waist down.

Rescuers moved the man from the dinghy to the public safety boat, where he vomited into the cockpit. He told firefighters he had been drinking beer and didn’t know how he ended up in the water.

Farley said that to his knowledge, police have not charged the man with anything. He said that Camden Harbor was “pretty full” of boats, with vessels in the area for the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous event adding to the usual summer traffic.

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