Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Put Themselves in Harm’s Way to Rescue Man from Cold Water at Constellation Wharf


At about 2:33 AM on Saturday, October 24, 2015, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) responded to a radio call for a person in the water at Constellation Wharf. 

On arrival, officers located the male victim and learned that he had been treading water for about ten minutes prior to the police being called. Officers spoke to a witness on scene who stated that the victim had been standing on the pier urinating when he became unsteady on his feet and fell into the water thirty feet below. Officers called for the Harbor Unit, Fire Department and EMS to respond but, fearing for the health and safety of the victim, took immediate action to rescue him. Through their coordinated efforts, officers were able to lower a rope to the victim and drag him over one hundred yards to safety to a dock on pier six as they balanced on unstable and rotted support beams high above. The victim was later transported to a local hospital to be treated for possible hypothermia. The actions of the officers prevented what was a poor decision by the victim from turning into a tragic one.