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Police: 1 man confirmed dead after being pulled from Savin Lake in Lebanon

LEBANON, Conn. (WTNH) - One man is confirmed dead after being pulled from Savin Lake in Lebanon late Thursday morning.

Around 10:50 a.m., crews from the Lebanon Fire Department and Connecticut State Police responded to a possible drowning at the lake, along with EnCon police from DEEP, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Two men had gone fishing when one noticed the other one who was about twenty yards away was face down in the water. 

"We transported the gentleman to the hospital with our ambulance and American Ambulance paramedics," said Lebanon Deputy Fire Chief Mark Elliott.

State police say the man who was 72 years old was pronounced dead at Backus Hospital. They are not releasing his name.

Joanna Dempsey of Lebanon says the lake is not usually dangerous. "No," she explained. "There's no currents or anything like that."

The Deputy Fire Chief says as a safety precaution anyone fishing should wear a life jacket whether they're on a boat or on shore as this man was.

"If you're having mobility problems or you can't swim especially smaller children if they're going to fall in the water it wouldn't be bad idea especially small kids to wear a life preserver around a pool or a pond," said Dep. Chief Elliott.

There is no word if the man had a medical problem or if there was another reason he ended up in the water but the deputy chief says you should always know your surroundings.

There are loose rocks and sand at the edge of the water and just a few feet in there's a steep drop.

Elliott says that can be a hazard especially with the cold temperatures of the water.

He tells News8 that on opening day of fishing season there was a man on a Salem lake who was also fishing from the shore. He disappeared and then three days later they found his body in the lake. He had drowned and the deputy chief says he was a much younger man. 

"If a rescue situation anything under seventy degrees is considered cold water," said Dep. Chief Elliott.

The cold can even be a hazard for first responders who prepare for it.

"You can fatigue much sooner and lose your abilities much faster in the cold water," explained Elliott.

State police say there is no criminal aspect to this incident. 

News 8 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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