Emergency responders with Baltimore City’s Fire Department resuscitated a man pulled from the Inner Harbor, marking the second such incident in recent weeks.
In separate incidents, the dive rescue team and paramedics pulled two people who ended up under the water’s frigid temperatures — “bringing them back from the brink of death,” fire officials said.
The most recent incident happened Tuesday around 5:15 p.m., when water rescuers with the Baltimore City Fire Department pulled a man out of the Inner Harbor at the Pier VI pavilion after 911 calls were made near the top of the hour after reports that a man jumped in the water.
The man was found unconscious and unresponsive after jumping off the bridge over the top of the waterway, Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said.
“He did warrant some advanced life support care and that was administered by our paramedics. He was placed onto a Stokes basket and was put on an ambulance before transported to an area hospital,” Cartwright said Tuesday, estimating that the man could’ve been in the water for about 15 to 20 minutes.
The water temperature of the Inner Harbor at the time the man was pulled was 42.8 degrees, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The incident is the second time a person has been pulled from the cold waters of the Inner Harbor in recent weeks. Baltimore Police said an unnamed woman was found floating in the Inner Harbor on Jan. 22.
Also rescued by the Fire Department’s dive rescue team, the woman’s body was pulled from the water and found to be in cardiac arrest. She was resuscitated before she was taken to an area hospital.
“The heroic efforts of our Fire Department Dive Rescue Team and the paramedics involved in these rescues cannot be overstated,” said Fire Chief James W. Wallace, the city’s fire chief. “Their unwavering dedication to preserving life, even in the most adverse conditions, is a testament to their exceptional training, professionalism, and commitment to the well-being of our community.”