Nantucket police have confirmed that a 27-year-old Scituate man died early Saturday morning after apparently drowning in the harbor.
Corey Griffin was pulled from the water after apparently diving from a local establishment, “Juice Guys,” located at 44 Straight Wharf, police told The Cape Cod Times. He was reported missing around 2 a.m.
A witness stated Griffin had jumped, then floated to the surface before going under the water again and not resurfacing.
Police told The Cape Cod Times that Nantucket lifeguard Colin Perry was called to the scene and recovered Griffin from the bottom of the harbor. After police officers administered CPR, Griffin was taken to Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3 a.m.
Corey’s father, Robert Griffin, told The Boston Globe his son called him Friday night to tell him he had raised $100,000 to fight ALS in honor of his friend, Pete Frates. Frates’s struggle with the disease has turned the Ice Bucket Challenge into a viral sensation.
“[Corey] cared about everybody else,” said Robert Griffin, president of the New England area for Cushman & Wakefield, a large commercial real estate firm. “He will be missed.”
Nantucket police and state police detectives from the Cape & Island District Attorney’s office are investigating the tragedy.