REVERE, Mass. - A state trooper ran across the sand on Revere Beach on Tuesday, joining a small army of first responders trying to save a man pulled from the water.
"I was really shook because at first I thought to run over but there were so many responders," said witness Estefany Navarro.
Troopers were called to Revere Beach shortly after 3 p.m. for a possible drowning.
Police say bystanders pulled an adult man from the water. He was unresponsive and was taken to Whidden Hospital in Everett. On Wednesday morning, troopers say the man died at the hospital. He has been identified as 58-year-old Thomas Burns of Boston.
Troopers responded to Revere Beach shorty before 3 pm for possible drowning. Bystanders pulled adult male from water. Victim was unresponsive and has been transported to a hospital. Developing.— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) July 16, 2019
Navarro and her friend, Jasmine Jones, say they were on the beach when lifeguards took over next.
"We saw it was a little bit more serious once every lifeguard came off their tower and went over there," Jones said.
Just down the beach, Revere firefighters just happened to be doing rescue drills. The commotion caught their eye.
"We drove to the scene and assisted the Revere Fire company, DCR lifeguards and the MSP who were doing CPR on the gentleman," said Revere Fire Capt. Mark Wolfgang.
Witnesses say first responders took turns working on the man.
"They did CPR for about 25 minutes. It was a long time that they did CPR," said Jones.
Firefighters then helped bring the man to a waiting ambulance.
People who frequent the beach say they're not surprised so many jumped in to help.
"Revere Beach has such a strong community that I believe anyone around that could have would have," Jones said.
Troopers say authorities are still working to determine whether Burns drowned or suffered a medical incident while in the water.
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