NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (WHDH) -
A man who was pulled from the ocean off the coast of Newburyport near Plum Island on Saturday was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The Coast Guard responded at around 4:58 p.m. to a report by a Good Samaritan that a man who had been paragliding had crashed into the water, which clocked in at around 38 degrees at the time of the incident.
Witnesses said the man had already been in the water for at least 15 minutes.
He was with two friends who attempted a rescue, but the water was too cold and they had to turn back. They were too distraught to speak with reporters.
The unconscious man was pulled from the water by the Coast Guard who administered CPR at the scene. He was transported to Anna Jacques Hospital.
He was pronounced dead at around 6:30 p.m.
According to officials, the man was power paragliding. People are hooked into a parachute with a propeller behind them that pushes them through the sky. They are a fairly common sight in the summer in the area, but it's a rare sight in the winter.
"Never, I've never seen anybody down here. Been down here since 1968, I'm 45-years-old, a commercial fisherman, people don't know the winds, the northeast winds down here," said Leonard Dobson, who saw the man get rushed into the ambulance.