Two children are in critical condition after a boater and emergency crews rescued them from the water following a boating accident near Jennings Beach in Fairfield Sunday afternoon.
Fairfield’s Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting two children were unconscious in the water due to an accident.
A boater in the area spotted them and pulled them from the water and waited with them for emergency crews to get to the scene.
Bridgeport Police and Fire Departments and Westport Fire Department rescue boats also responded.
Emergency responders didn’t know exactly where the children were when they first arrived, so police and firefighters went to Jennings Beach to look for them from the shore and plan how to proceed.
Responders located the children and got them onto the rescue boats to take them to Fairfield’s gas dock. Firefighters, police and ambulance crews were waiting. Once the children were quickly stabilized, ambulances transported them to Bridgeport Hospital to be treated for critical injuries.
American Medical Response paramedics put them on advanced life support and firefighters helped crews transporting them to the hospital.
â€œThis emergency was quickly managed due to the practiced and coordinated response from our local police and fire marine partners and support from the Port Security Grant programs that have provided emergency response vessels to local Police and Fire Departments in the region,â€ Assistant Chief Scott Bisson said in a statement. â€œThe quick actions of the private boaters that pulled the girls from the water and called 911 directly impacted the speed and effectiveness of medical care.â€
Fairfield Police continue to investigate the accident, but cleared the scene at 5:08 p.m.