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Update: Swimmer Pulled from Millers Pond

The victim, a 22-year-old Windsor man, remained hospitalized Monday evening.

 

A swimmer had to be rescued from in Durham Monday afternoon, according to police.

The victim, a 22-year-old man from Windsor, according to several reports was pulled from the water around 4:30 p.m.

State police say the man may have been visiting the park with a group from Hartford.

Firefighters and EMS crews from Durham, Haddam, the South Fire District Dive Team and officers with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) responded to the scene.

CPR was administered to the victim before he was taken to Middlesex Hospital.

He remained on life-support as of 8 p.m., according to police.

A West Haven man while swimming at Millers Pond.

Check back with Patch for updates on this story.

Maria Nilson April 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM
What is the total number of drownings at Miller's Pond? It seems to happen every year.
Gene Bartholomew April 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM
I'm sure there is a sign that says: SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK I'm sorry this person has passed, but people need to be responsible for themselves, thinking that anyone in a cape is going to fly in and save you is wishful thinking. I got caught in a rip tide at Hammonasset once along the getty, many life guards, no one saw me and I was too busy to signal. Its a strange feeling to be that alone and think this is it, luckily I'm a good swimmer and have stamina. Randy California from Spirit drowned saving his son in Hawaii, he was a great swimmer and his son got caught in a rip tide, he freed his son but was then exhausted. A rip tide or under tow is a a very strange thing, your swimming and then all of a sudden you feel yourself being pulled away from shore. People have to accept responsibility for the actions AND decisions.
Beth April 18, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Deb and Donia, Ever walk around Millers? It takes about an hour and there are many different trails that lead to the water. There is no way to police the area with round the clock lifeguards even if we could afford that, which we can't- there are so many nooks and crannies around it to access the pond that aren't visible from any one point. Now, John Q Public, that's a creative idea for some signs that might be at least noticed ("IT HAS BEEN 3 DAYS SINCE OUR LAST DROWNING" or include a whiteboard and ask those that want to swim across the pond to leave a phone number for their next of kin). WE CAN'T SAVE EVERYONE FROM DOING DUMB, RISKY THINGS and if we try we will only end up denying access to the many, many, many responsible people who enjoy a walk or run or picnic at Millers. We can't even get people to police their trash there when we put the garbage cans in plain sight, let alone keep them out of the pond. There is RISK in everything we do- driving a car, riding a bike, even just walking around Millers--how much do you REALLY want to outlaw? How many freedoms do you want to take away to keep everyone safe?
Ed June 05, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Iv been swimming millers since 93. Back then no one died cause the only people there were true swimmers and enjoyers of the passtime. Now its filled with everyone and there mother. They cut the rope swing tree and tree jump tree that was next to it. Now if memorie serves me corect no one got hurt/drownd because of them. But they were removed cause recless people try to test there endurance by swimming across and realize they cant when its too late. There should be ancored platforms/docks in the middle for that specific reason. Its cheaper than paying a bunch of life gurds. And id be god damed if i got fined swimming cause of someone elses lack of abillity or there laps of judgement. I love swimming a millers and anytime u swim anywhere ur life is in ur own hands. Use proper judgement with ur life is my advice. Millers is a great and beautifull place with awsome swimming hole features. Please all remember that
Maria Nilson June 05, 2012 at 09:57 AM
I lived in a town whose beaches had floats, but the floats were removed because of many accidents and some drownings because people would dive down and bang their heads when they tried come up underneath them. It was sad to see the floats taken out because they were a lot of fun! But they could be dangerous.

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