Thursday, April 18, 2024


Father, Son Rescued at Sherwood Island

UPDATE A father and son natives of Yemen living in the Bronx were rescued from Long Island Sound waters off of Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park today, police said. Image
Rescuers converged on the sand at Sherwood Island State Park today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas said a precautionary search was launched for a third person following a report of an additional missing swimmer. But it was called off at 8 p.m.

The rescues were carried out by lifeguards and a Spanish-speaking visitor to the park, Koskinas said. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which runs the park, identified those rescued as Shuja Nagi, 31, and his son.

Westport EMS transported the two swimmers to Norwalk Hospital. One initially was reported as unresponsive but later was recovering, according to police.

Westport police, fire and EMS personnel converged on the scene, including the combined fire-police dive rescue team. The initial 911 call came in at about 5:10 p.m..

An onlooker who said he was at the beach with a group of Bangladesh natives for an annual outing said he believed those rescued were Arabic speaking.

He said one looked young, about 12, and the other was an older man in his 30s.

A Coast Guard helicopter responded to assist in the search, along with the Norwalk Fire Department boat. A Fairfield engine company supplied coverage at Westport fire headquarters.

Dave Matlow contributed reporting.

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