Firefighters rescue man swept from sandbar

Milford firefighters rescued a man from Long Island Sound Tuesday after he was swept off the sandbar at Silver Sands Beach.

At approximately 4 p.m., Milford's 911 dispatch center received a call reporting a man in distress due to a rising tide. The incident occurred in the waters of Long Island Sound between Silver Sands State Park and Charles Island.

A 52-year-old Waterbury man, along with his 24-year-old son, were attempting to walk out to Charles Island on the sandbar that becomes visible during low tide. Having misjudged the tide, the duo quickly became overcome by the swift current while attempting their return to shore, according to Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi.

The 24-year-old man swam safely to shore and placed the 911 call. His father managed to grab onto a nearby buoy and clung for safety.

Milford firefighters quickly responded to the area with 2 Marine Units, taking him onboard to safety. He was returned to shore and evaluated and treated for minor injuries by Milford Fire Paramedics.

“All residents and visitors of the City of Milford are reminded to avoid walking out to Charles Island when the sand bar is visible,” Fabrizi said. “The rising tide brings a very strong current that often pulls recreational walkers out into deeper waters.”