Cocoa Beach Police, Sheriff’s Aviation Unit Combine To Save Swimmer
By Space Coast Daily // May 3, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Shawn Huffman, 31, of Edgewater, was rescued from the ocean at Alan Shepard Park, 200 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway, in a joint effort by Cocoa Beach Police/Fire and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Cocoa Beach Police Major Scott Rosenfeld, a Cocoa Beach Police Beach Ranger was on routine ATV patrol of the shore line when he observed Huffman 150-200 yards offshore, then disappear.
The Ranger immediately radioed for assistance.
Officers arrived on-scene, and through binoculars, located Huffman who appeared to be in distress.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit was requested to respond as officers maintained visual contact with Huffman until the helicopter arrived and lowered a flotation device.
Cocoa Beach Fire personnel launched a watercraft to Huffman’s location and assisted him back to shore where he was subsequently transported via ambulance to a local hospital in stable condition.
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