Monday, August 18, 2003
Police Rescue Westporter Who Suffered Heart Attack During Triathlon
Danbury police rescued a 57-year-old Westport swimmer who apparently suffered a heart attack while competing in a triathlon at Candlewood Lake Saturday morning, The News-Times of Danbury reported.
Robert E. Brown Jr. of Cottage Lane was swimming in the first leg of the Try-It Triathlon when police rushed him ashore. Paramedics resuscitated Brown, and he was in stable condition at Danbury Hospital by afternoon, the newspaper said.
Brown, in the third and final lap of the swimming leg, called to Danbury police monitoring the race from an inflatable boat at about 7 a.m., police said.
Police brought Brown aboard, and he passed out. “We were talking to him fine, said Sgt. Matt McNally, one of the police involved in the rescue. “Then all of a sudden (Officer John Krupinsky) noticed his eyes went up, and that was it.Ԕ
Police got Brown onto a faster Candlewood Lake Patrol Boat also monitoring the race. Police performed CPR on Brown as they approached shore.
“He was barely breathing, he had a weak pulse, said McNally. “As soon as we beached, he lost his pulse.Ԕ
Paramedics on shore continued CPR and used a defibrillator to restore Browns heartbeat. “It seemed like forever, but it was only five minutes,Ҕ said McNally.
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