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Man Rescued After Nearly Drowning In Fairfield County

A local man almost drowned while swimming in a prohibited area of Indian Well State Park.
A local man almost drowned while swimming in a prohibited area of Indian Well State Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

A 35-year-old local man is lucky to be alive after nearly drowning in a restricted swimming area at Indian Well State Park in Shelton.

The Milford resident was swimming in the area of the waterfalls when he began having trouble shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to DEEP officials.

EnCon, along with Shelton emergency services responded to the park for the report of a drowning, said Chris Collibee, DEEP spokesman.

“Witnesses performed CPR until EMS arrived,” he said.

The man was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital by Life Star helicopter.

When he was airlifted, the man was breathing and had a pulse, Collibee said.

Later Wednesday night, the man was ticketed by EnCon police for swimming in a prohibited area.

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