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Nov 5, 2011 10:39 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Man Who Died After Fall Off Long Wharf On Saturday May Have Been Intoxicated; Police Ask For Public's Help

Nov 8, 2011 4:29 PM

A New Jersey man visiting Sag Harbor with his fiance fell off the end of Long Wharf in that village on Saturday night and drowned before rescuers could pull him from the chilly waters.

Christopher Valentine, 56, of Parsippany, New Jersey, had strolled down the wharf with his girlfriend and fell off the end, which stands about 10 feet above the water. Police have said they believe Mr. Valentine was intoxicated and that his condition may have played a part in his fall.

Village Police and the Sag Harbor Fire Department responded to Long Wharf shortly after 10 p.m. Mr. Valentine was pulled unconscious from the water by members of the Sag Harbor 
Fire Department’s dive team and the Sag Harbor Village Harbormaster, who arrived at the scene by boat. Police officers immediately began administering CPR.

It’s not clear how long Mr. Valentine was in the water before emergency personnel arrived. Water temperatures in the cove over the weekend were in the upper 50s.

He was brought ashore at the village dock next to Long Wharf and transferred to a Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance. Medical personnel could be seen performing CPR in the back of the ambulance before he was taken to Southampton Hospital.

His distraught girlfriend lay on the ground at the end of the wharf, just inches from where Mr. Valentine had apparently fallen off the steel and concrete wharf, which is separated from the road by a wooden barrier. The couple had been sitting on a bench on the water side of the barrier before Mr. Valentine’s fall, police said. The woman, who has not been identified by police, was tended to by medical personnel before being taken to Southampton Hospital in an ambulance as well. The woman was heard at the time offering emotional pleas to the medical crew to help Mr. Valentine.

Mr. Valentine was pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital at 10:50 p.m.

Sag Harbor Police requested that the Suffolk County Homicide Squad investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident but County Police said their inquiries revealed no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Village Police said that the couple had been staying at a family member’s house in Sag Harbor for the weekend and had strolled down the wharf at about 8:45 p.m. Police have still not detailed the circumstance that led to Mr. Valentine’s fall into the water and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Detective Jeffrey Proctor at 725-0623.

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By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on Nov 6, 11 1:29 PM
I believe it was the Sag Harbor Police Department and the Harbor Master that pulled the man out of the water.
By oceanview (15), hampton bays on Nov 6, 11 8:59 PM
I hope he is ok
By marybmary (54), east hampton on Nov 7, 11 10:09 AM
Sorry, but the first sentence in the article states he has died.
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Nov 7, 11 1:00 PM
The original article was updated. When Mary posted I don't believe it stated that.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 7, 11 4:45 PM
V. Tomanoku,

Per the time stamp above, the article was updated at 12:54 PM today. Thus the comment by marybmary at 10:09 AM this morning was IMO a timely expression of concern and best-wishes.

This site has been asked through the years to make it clearer about when an article is updated (often adding, modifying, deleting etc. lots of text), so that the comments might seem more logical as the hours and days go by after the various updates. Perhaps the reporter or editor could post ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 11 1:11 PM
or maybe, people can use common sense and common decency and not try to insult people with their comments.
By tm (174), mtk on Nov 7, 11 3:52 PM
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By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Nov 7, 11 8:05 PM
"D..." ??

Thanks for the gracious and non-angry consolation!

Editor, is it within the rules here to post references to "D..." ???
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 11 8:19 PM
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By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Nov 7, 11 9:14 PM
The victim has been identified according to a Sag Harbor publication.

[against the rules here to post URL links to other publications]
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 11 6:39 PM
Once again, this article has been updated, but neither the Editor nor Mr. Wright (an excellent reporter) has posted a comment to advise of this update.

Previous comments were based on outdated article updates FYI.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 7, 11 7:59 PM
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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Nov 8, 11 7:58 AM
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Why was Bill in Riverhead's comment removed? All he was saying is that a poor man is dead and that should be the focus of this story. Not the bickering back and forth about nonsense.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Nov 8, 11 12:39 PM
You must be new here
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Nov 8, 11 1:52 PM
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Thank You Mrs. Sea !! Appreciate your having my back ! I asked myself the same question.. maybe this is a Hamptons only elitist forum !! Hehe ! ( Elitist? Only in their own minds ! )
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Nov 16, 11 9:28 AM
all Riverhead comments get deleted-this is a Hamptons website
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 8, 11 2:13 PM
It depends on what the comments are about.. Not the location of the person posting.

By Allergic2Stupidity (77), Riverhead on Nov 14, 11 10:55 AM
No doubt intoxication and cold water were contributors to the sad outcome, but would you please report the timeline more clearly, if possible? What time did she fall into the water? What time was the first call for help made? How long did it take for a response? How long before he was pulled from the water? This might help readers understand the nature of the situation and of the emergency response.
By bailey (52), East Hampton on Nov 10, 11 10:02 AM
Sorry -- that should say "he fall in the water." Typo.
By bailey (52), East Hampton on Nov 10, 11 10:02 AM