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Drowning outside Sugar Dock Reef

(Department of Public Safety) — On Friday, March 22, 2019 at 11:20 a.m., DPS Central dispatch received a call about a possible drowning just outside the reef of Sugar Dock. At 11:34 a.m. DPS Boating Safety launched the jet boat to respond.

At about 11:49 a.m. DPS Boating Safety arrived on scene and noticed an individual floating face down. Boating Safety officers proceeded towards the individual and lifted him on board.

At 12:01 p.m. the victim was brought into the Sugar Dock Marina and medics transported the individual to the Commonwealth Health Center where doctors pronounced the victim dead upon arrival.

DPS Boating Safety later learned that the victim, a local male, began fishing at about 9 a.m. with a partner who he had instructed to wait for him in the shallows as he went into deeper waters. When the victim was taking long to return, his fishing partner decided to wait on shore as the waters got rough. After waiting for some time, the victim’s fishing partner asked someone to assist him look for the victim, and call 911.

DPS Boating Safety reminds individuals who practice spearfishing and free-diving to always dive with a buddy and to be aware of the dangers of shallow water blackout. Divers should practice safe fishing by monitoring water conditions before diving in. If you suspect something is wrong do not hesitate to call 911.