Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Arlington Police Rescue Allegedly Intoxicated Man from Mystic Lake
ARLINGTON — Police Chief Frederick Ryan reports that the a man was rescued from Mystic Lake this morning after allegedly trying to swim while under the influence of drugs.
On Wednesday, at 10:35 a.m., police were dispatched to the area of Lake Shore Drive near the lake for a report of a swimmer in distress. Four officers arrived within minutes, as well as members of the Arlington Fire Department.
The first responding officer could hear a male yelling for help in the middle of the lake near Beverly Road. Officers and firefighters deployed the Arlington Fire Department life boat and went out into the water. As they approached the swimmer, he was combative and resisted rescue efforts, and rescuers found that he was naked in the water. Once rescued, first responders had to physically keep the man from jumping out of the rescue boat.
The individual, a 20-year-old Arlington man, is known to police.
The man was taken to a Boston hospital by Armstrong Ambulance.
One police officer sustained a knee injury during the rescue effort and will be evaluated.