Stratford man dies after jumping from beach pier
A Stratford man died Saturday after jumping off the pier at Walnut Beach in Milford into shallow water.
Police said Timothy Cook, 48, of Broadbridge Avenue in Stratford, was at the beach with acquaintances when he jumped from the pier.
Fire and police responded to the scene and treated Cook for life-threatening injuries. He was taken to the hospital but later died.
Police spokesman Jeff Nielsen said a witness told authorities Cook had done some kind of jumping maneuver into the water. The incident was reported around 6:10 p.m.
A spokesman in the state medical examiner’s office said the death was accidental, caused by blunt trauma to the neck and chest.
Park, Beach and Recreation Director Paul Piscitelli said the depth near the pier varies with the tides. There are signs posted telling people not to dive off into the water, he said. Also, lifeguards are on duty seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and they regularly tell people they cannot jump or dive into the water.
One resident said, however, that people often jump off the pier, especially after lifeguards have left for the day.
The resident, who didn’t want to be named, said she has jumped off the pier into the water several times at high tide. She and her friends were at the pier last year and saw a man jump in when the tide was not high. He hurt his leg, but not badly, she said.