Police save naked RI man from water off pier in New Bedford

new-bedford-police1Two New Bedford police officers are credited with saving a 46-year-old man who was nude in the water, holding onto a rope and screaming, off Pier 3 early Thursday. Officers Johnny Galarza and Steven Alers were dispatched to Pier 3 after the captain of a nearby fishing vessel heard screams and found the victim in the water holding on to an anchor rope at about 3:30 a.m., New Bedford Police Det. Capt. Steven Vicente said. The man had apparently been in the water for quite some time and was going into shock, Vicente said. Officers were able to throw him a life ring and guide him to a dock ladder. With the assistance of the fire department, the victim was brought out of the water. He was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital by medics, where he was treated for hypothermia, Vicente said. The victim is from Rhode Island and is believed to be a fisherman on one of the docked vessels, Vicente said. Link 09:21