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Bystanders form human chain to help pull diver in distress out of water in Maine

“The diver was waving his hands in the air trying to get help."

Ryan Coite and John Antonelli helped save a diver who was in distress in the water in York, Maine on Monday morning.
Ryan Coite and John Antonelli helped save a diver who was in distress in the water in York, Maine on Monday morning. –Rosanna Antonelli

A town employee bravely jumped into the ocean and bystanders formed a human chain to save a diver in distress in the water off Nubble Light in Maine late Monday morning, authorities said.

York Police Lieutenant John P. Lizanecz said the dramatic rescue effort unfolded before first responders arrived at the scene. “We received several calls about a scuba diver in distress,” Lizanecz said. “The diver was waving his hands in the air trying to get help. We had several 911 calls — people were very concerned.”

Ryan Coite, who works for the York Parks and Recreation Department, went into the water and swam out to the diver. People on the rocky shore then formed a human chain to help pull them out of the water, he said.

Nice work Ryan Coite! York is very proud of your heroic action.

Posted by Town of York Maine Parks and Recreation Department on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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