Sunday morning, April 8th, at approximately 4:00AM, Sgt. Jacob Fredenburg with TCB Patrol Services was conducting routine patrols of the Port of Newport when he heard what he believed to be a female screaming in the area of Port Dock 7. Not able to make out the nature of the screams he responded to investigate further.
Due to the heavy surf, high winds and driving rain associated with a storm in the area he found the docks swaying, at times causing him to nearly loose his footing. As he approached Port Dock 7F he found a female in the water trying to hold on to the edge of the swaying dock screaming for help.
Sgt. Fredenburg, working alone, struggled to pull the subject to safety. Once on the dock Sgt. Fredenburg obtained information for the female and assisted her back to her boat. She had been in the water only a few minutes prior to Sgt. Fredenburg’s arrival. Crew members assisted the female aboard and provided her care. The female refused medical treatment on several occasions and appeared to be coherent, responsive and crew members were able to assist and able to monitor her condition.
Since providing patrol services to the Port of Newport, this is the third occasion where TCB officers have rescued individuals from the water ways surround the docks. We would like to remind individuals that the docks can be hazardous during inclement weather, and caution should be used any time you are accessing these areas, especially if you are not familiar with working around water ways.
We are thankful for the quick action of Sgt. Fredenburg whose assistance helped keep this Port visitor from possible worse outcomes.