Police use canoe to rescue elderly man from waters in Westport

Several officers immediately began to search the area and a short time later the missing man was spotted partially submerged in the water.

News 12 Staff

Nov 9, 2021, 3:03 PM

Updated 985 days ago

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A man was rescued from the water in an area of Westport known as Saugatuck Shores Tuesday morning, officials say.
Police say they were dispatched to the area on a report of an elderly man who was missing around 5:55 a.m.
Several officers immediately began to search the area and a short time later the missing man was spotted partially submerged in the water.
"There was an elderly man in his late 90s who'd taken a walk and had somehow fallen into the canal," said neighbor Robert Corroon.
Officers say they used a canoe found at the scene to pull the man from the water. They had to act fast because of the water temperature and the man's age.
"The quick-thinking officers located a canoe that was nearby owned by a private citizen," said Lt. David Wolf.
One officer held the man's head above water while the others lifted him into the canoe, then brought him ashore. Once there, he was turned over to the fire department.
"EMS performed on-scene medical care and eventually transported him to the hospital," said Wolf.
Police cannot get into specifics about the man's condition but say he was conscious and did not have life-threatening injuries.


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