Sheriff Wayne Ivey Describes Heroic Rescue By Sgt. Dennis Casey After Saving Endangered Man
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // January 5, 2019
Sgt. Dennis Casey has been with BCSO for 28 years
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is written by Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit rescued a despondent and endangered man on Thursday from the Atlantic Ocean who had lost consciousness.
Deputies were alerted to a man swimming in the ocean approximately a mile off the Cape Canaveral shoreline where a family boating in the area had observed him in the water. The boaters attempted to help the swimmer but he refused their assistance and appeared to be despondent.
Sensing he was in imminent danger the boaters called 911 for assistance.
Deputy Josh Ruth responded by boat from Port Canaveral and was able to quickly locate the man who became combative and refused assistance. Deputy Ruth requested the assistance of another Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit that was training in the area who immediately responded to assist.
As the Deputies attempted to aid the man with flotation devices, their offers of assistance were repeatedly refused. After becoming combative and refusing assistance, the man began swimming under the rescue vessel in what Deputies believed was an attempt to harm himself. The Deputies momentarily lost sight of the subject who then resurfaced a short distance away from the boats facedown and unconscious.
As a result of the subject’s condition, Sgt. Dennis Casey dove into the water and grabbed the subject before he could submerge and the Deputies could lose sight of him. Sgt. Casey was able to swim back to the rescue boat while securing the subject who was now not breathing and had no pulse.
Deputies immediately began life saving resuscitation efforts on the deck of the boat as they rushed the subject to the Port Canaveral Boat Ramp where Canaveral Fire Rescue was waiting.
Upon arrival at the Boat Ramp, the Paramedics took over the rescue efforts and were subsequently able to detect a pulse. The subject was transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital by Brevard County Fire Rescue where he remains in stable condition and is expected to fully recover.
If not for the quick and courageous actions of Sgt. Casey and other members of the Marine Unit, the swimmer would have without question perished.
Their efforts to quickly recover him from the water and perform life saving measures were critical to his survival and are yet another great example of the dedication and hard work performed daily by members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
The Marine Unit members who assisted in the rescue and resuscitation efforts were Cpl. Evan Hightower, Cpl. Travis Fitzgerald, Deputy Jesse Doucette, Deputy Charles Hill, Deputy Joseph Jenkins, Deputy Jafet Santiago and Deputy Josh Ruth.
Please join me in thanking Sgt. Dennis Casey who is a 28 year veteran of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, all the members of our Marine Unit, and the citizens who initially called 911 to assist the individual. By working together they without question saved a fellow citizen’s life!
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