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Officers pull man out of water, revive him with CPR

Two police officers pulled a man from the Peconic River to safety Wednesday afternoon after the 44-year-old was found floating face down and unresponsive, according to Riverhead Town police.

Police received a 911 call from a Riverhead man who said he saw another man fall into the water at Grangebel Park shortly after 5 p.m. The victim, whom police did not identify, was floating in the water and the man said he was unable to retrieve him.

Riverhead Police Officer Richard Freeborn and New York State Police Trooper Masino found the victim unresponsive and floating in the water in a pond near the rear of 57 W. Main St. The officers went into the water and pulled the victim out and they began to initiate CPR. A pulse was soon detected and the victim began to breathe on his own, police said.

Members of the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to the scene and transported the man to Peconic Bay Medical Center where he was treated and admitted for observation, police said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident can contact Riverhead police at 631-727-4500, ext. 321.