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Aug 24, 2012 9:54 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Man Rescued From Bay Doing Fine

Aug 25, 2012 7:12 PM


Southampton Town Police Sergeant Michael Burns said the man is 83 years old and from Hampton Bays. He said police checked on him later that night with hospital staff and found out he was doing fine.

Police dispatchers told the caller on the scene how to administer CPR, he said. Sgt. Burns described the comments on the that came in on the incident as a bit of an “overreaction.”

“I know they called in like he was not breathing, unconscious and blue,” he said. “All I know is when people are blue, they usually don’t come back.”


Emergency responders pulled a man who was suffering from cardiac arrest out of the water at a bay beach at the end of Shinnecock Road in Hampton Bays on Friday afternoon.

He was able to be revived and was breathing spontaneously when ambulance crews transported him to Southampton Hospital, according to an emergency official. He was apparently alert but mentally altered.

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"He was apparently alert but mentally altered."

Joe Biden, right?
By loading... (601), quiogue on Aug 25, 12 3:42 AM
I needed a good laugh this morning! Thanks.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 25, 12 5:30 AM
PS -- glad the fellow is OK.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 25, 12 5:30 AM
Why was credit not given to the true heroes who saved this man's life? Several good samaritans pulled this man out of the water and performed CPR while waiting for the ambulance. He was blue and not breathing when they first pulled him. If not for these good samaritans, this man may not have had a chance. Kudos to the people on the beach who acted quickly!
By mirandamcd (1), Westhampton Beach on Aug 25, 12 8:35 AM
Some hero's go through life unnoticed. That's just the way they want it. They do because its the right thing to do. Not to get their name mentioned on a news paper website. In this incident, no names are mentioned. They all are emergency responders including the good samaritins and it was a group effort by all that saved this mans life. Great job by everyone involved!
By Common Scense (24), Southampton on Aug 25, 12 1:53 PM
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another example of the benefit of CPR. It is so simple to do and the lifeline to more definative care. Good job to all.
By lazymedic (100), southampton on Aug 25, 12 4:57 PM
I was at the beach I am a witness and I can say the man was blue when he was pulled out of the bay and not breathing, I thought it was too late for CPR I was wrong! This is a miracle and everyone who was on that beach knows that!
By Hamptonowner (1), Hampton bays on Aug 25, 12 7:32 PM
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When someone ceases breathing/circulating blood, they turn blue from lack of oxygenated blood (hypoxia) With CPR, (iif it's done correctly) the person "pinks up". EMTs are usually taught that once a person is in arrest, if they're successful, they have performed a 'miracle.' The majority of patients don't make it. All of you who worked & performed that save, good on ya! Especially the person/people who went for the CPR training.
By Brdie (10), Riverhead on Aug 25, 12 8:11 PM
BTW- you can also be alert- you're fully awake- but confused as to person, place, date or something else you should know.

By Brdie (10), Riverhead on Aug 25, 12 8:17 PM
To Rohma Abbas, who wrote this story (and other vague un-detailed stories): If you are going to report and write news, please remember to always get the facts and details. Always remember; Who, What, When, Where, How and Why. Don't leave the reader asking more questions after the story is read....just saying ;)
By Jaws (245), Westhampton Beach on Aug 26, 12 1:18 AM
So nice to read a story with a happy ending for a change.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Aug 27, 12 8:25 AM