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Riverhead cop, state trooper rescue drowning man in Grangebel Park

The rear of the building at 57 West Main Street in Riverhead, facing the Peconic River and Grangebel Park, in August. File photo: Denise Civiletti

A Riverhead police officer and a state trooper rescued a man who was found floating face down in the water in Grangebel Park Wednesday evening.

The Riverhead Police Department received a 911 call at 5:11 p.m. from a man who said he’d just seen a man fall into the water.

Responding to the call, Police Officer Richard Freeborn and Trooper Michael Masino located the man floating in the Peconic River to the rear of 57 West Main Street.

Freeborn and Masino entered the water and pulled the man to shore. He was unresponsive and without a pulse, police said. The officers began CPR and restored the victim’s pulse and he began to breathe on his own, according to the report. 

Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to the scene and transported the man, 44, to Peconic Bay Medical Center where he was given emergency treatment and admitted for observation, police said.

Any members of the public with information or witnesses to the incident are asked to contact the Riverhead Police at 631 727-4500 ext. 321.

In August 2015, the body of a 34-year-old man was found floating in the river in approximately the same location, to the rear of 57 West Main Street. See prior story.