Milford Firefighters rescue man from Long Island Sound

Photo provided by Anthony Fabrizi, Milford Fire Battalion Chief
Photo provided by Anthony Fabrizi, Milford Fire Battalion Chief

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Milford Firefighters rescued a man from Long Island Sound after the rising tide left him clinging to a buoy for safety.

Around 4 p.m., Milford Firefighters received a distress call from Long Island Sound, in between Silver Sands State Park and Charles Island.

A 52-year-old Waterbury man and his 24-year-old son tried walking out to Charles Island on a sandbar that becomes visible during low tide. Fire officials say they misjudged the tide and were quickly swept up by the current while they were trying to get back to shore.

The son swam to shore and called 911 while the father was able to grab on to a nearby buoy and wait for help.

Milford Firefighters and two Marine Unites responded and pulled the man safely onboard. He was taken back to shore, evaluated and treated for minor injuries.

Milford Fire Officials want to remind all residents and visitors that they should avoid walking out to Charles Island because the rising tide brings a very strong current that often pulls walkers out into deeper water.

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