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Man Saved from Drowning in Frozen Waters

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES, Police by on December 28, 2017 0 Comments • views: 629

On Thursday December 28, 2017 at 8:44 AM, Yarmouth Police and Fire Department personnel were called to Skippy’s Pier 1 Marina on Neptune Lane in South Yarmouth. A man had fallen into the water and had been pulled out by another person.

Rescuers arrived at the marina and found 34 year old Jeffery Viamari of Yarmouthport lying down on the marina docks.

The on-scene investigation indicates that Viamari was at the marina checking on the boat Bad Influence when he slipped on the ice and fell into the icy waters of Parkers River.

Mr. Viamari was able to hold on to a rope that was tied to the dock and yell for help. An off-duty Lawrence firefighter, William Pagan Jr., age 43, staying at the nearby River View Resort, heard the screams for help. Pagan looked out the balcony of his room and saw a man in the water. Mr. Pagan advised the clerk at the front desk who called 911 to report the incident.

Together, both parties ran over to the marina and pulled Mr. Viamari from the water. The clerk was later identified as Nicholas Spignese, age 25, of Yarmouth.

Yarmouth Fire and Rescue Ambulance transported Mr. Viamari to Cape Cod Hospital. Mr. Viamari was conscious and alert during the entire event.

Members of the Yarmouth Division of Natural Resources also responded to the scene.

The Yarmouth Police Department highly commends everyone involved in this rescue in such frigid conditions—especially Lawrence Firefighter Pagan Jr. and Desk Clerk Spignese.

Their actions are exemplary and saved a life.


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