A swimmer has died after being pulled out of the waters off Quansoo Beach by a Coast Guard rescue team, West Tisbury police confirmed on Monday evening.
Police do not immediately release the name or other information about the individual, but have confirmed the victim to be male, around 60 years old.
The US Coast Guard Sector of Southeast New England conducted a helicopter search and rescue for the swimmer south of Long Point and Quansoo Beach on Monday around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.
The person was picked up and taken to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, according to Southeast Sector Chief Seth Caron.
Chief Caron confirmed earlier Monday that CPR was being performed on the individual.
Later Monday evening, West Tisbury Police Officer Matt Gebo said the individual was pronounced dead at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. The individual was going to swim near the cut at Tisbury Great Pond, Officer Gebo said, when he was taken out to sea.
“He was in the area of ââthe cut, got caught in a reverse current and couldn’t make it out,” Constable Gebo said.
According to Chief Caron, Southeastern New England, Coast Guard Station Menemsha and the Dukes County Sheriff’s Department responded to the incident.
Chief Caron said a helicopter deployed from his station in Woods Hole located the swimmer about three to four minutes after arriving in the area. A Coast Guard lifeguard brought the person ashore.
âThe helicopter saw the individual and deployed the lifeguard swimmer, who brought the individual to shore,â said Chief Caron.
The person was then taken to Vineyard Hospital, according to the chief.
Officer Gebo said Monday evening that state police would take charge of the investigation.