In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, as Officer Kerwin Bradley drove near the docks of the East Marina in Lido Beach, he couldn’t believe someone was in the water, needing help.
But making his rounds that’s exactly what he found — a fisherman floundering, holding onto the docks in dark, chilly waters.
“I didn’t believe it was somebody in the water at this time of morning,” Bradley, of Nassau County’s Fourth Precinct, said. “There’s normally no one here.
“I just check the docks and make sure everything’s OK. When I got there, I saw him overboard. So I went back to the truck and grabbed my life preserver and threw it in, and then I called for assistance.”
Bradley and members of the Point Lookout Fire Department pulled the fisherman, 57, to safety around 2 a.m., police said.
The fisherman, attempting to board his boat docked at the marina at 1501 Lido Blvd., had slipped and tumbled into the water, police said.
He held onto the docks for about a half-hour until Bradley drove by and heard something different, something that caught his attention.
“I overheard someone — or something — odd, and as I stopped to find out what it was, I find a gentleman had fallen into the water.”
Police said the fisherman appeared uninjured and refused medical attention at the scene.
Bradley said rescue personnel got the fisherman into an ambulance, where he shed his clothes and was able to warm quickly.
“He was very cold,” Bradley said. “Once they got him warmed up, they checked his vitals, and they said he was all right. He refused medical aid and he went home.”
Bradley said he didn’t do anything special. “I was just doing my job.”
He said the real heroes were those who responded from the Point Lookout Fire Department.
Because until they showed up with their ladder, Bradley said, he just wasn’t sure how he was going to reel in a fisherman.
With Jim Staubitser