Bridgeport Man Dies After Being Pulled From Lake In Fairfield – Bridgeport Daily Voice

A swimmer who firefighters rescued at Lake Mohegan on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 has died, fire officials say. The man, believed to be 34, was rescued by members of the dive team who found him underwater at Lake Mohegan at 7:20 p.m.. He was unresponsive and life saving methods were performed by American Medical Response technicians.

A swimmer who firefighters rescued at Lake Mohegan on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 has died, fire officials say. The man, believed to be 34, was rescued by members of the dive team who found him underwater at Lake

Fairfield's Lake Mohegan was the site of a drowning of a local man swimming with family members. Photo Credit: File More Articles Police & Fire CT Phys Ed Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing Student Westport Resident Recovers $15K Lost After Cell Phone Is Stol… Route 7 Texting-While-Driving Stop Leads To Discovery Of LSD,… comment 0 Read / Add Comments A 33-year-old area man drowned while swimming with other family members in Lake Mohegan in Fairfield.

33-year-old Bridgeport man dies after being pulled from Lake Mohegan in Fairfield: Officials

A swimmer who firefighters rescued at Lake Mohegan on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 has died, fire officials say. The man, believed to be 34, was rescued by members of the dive team who found him underwater at Lake Mohegan at 7:20 p.m.. He was unresponsive and life saving methods were performed by American Medical Response technicians.

A swimmer who firefighters rescued at Lake Mohegan on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 has died, fire officials say. The man, believed to be 34, was rescued by members of the dive team who found him underwater at Lake

Family members of the victim provided police with an accurate location where the victim was last seen in the water. Witness accounts stated that Tapia-Zuniga was swimming on the west side of the beach just beyond the swim ropes.

FAIRFIELD — A Bridgeport man pulled by first responders from Lake Mohegan on Sunday night has died.

After Tapia-Zuniga was transported to St. Vincents Medical Center, resuscitative efforts continued until 8:09 pm, at which time St. Vincents medical staff pronounced him dead, Kalamaras said.

Police identified the victim as Geovanny Tapia-Zuniga, 33, of Bronx Avenue, who was swimming at the lake when, witnesses said, he went under and did not resurface, Tapia-Zuniga unresponsive after being found in the water and was pronounced dead at S. Vincents Medical Center in Bridgeport.

Fairfield police officers and firefighters responded to the beach and found that Tapia-Zuniga was swimming near the main beach area who went underwater and never surfaced, Kalamaras said.

Fairfield Police said witnesses told them Geovanny Tapia-Zuniga was outside the lake’s designated swimming area — which is marked with a buoy and warning signs — when he submerged. Beyond the buoy, the lake’s depth drops quickly from 4 feet to about 20 feet.

Fairfield Fire Department Lt. Robert Smith said a number of bystanders and family members attempted to keep him above water but were unable to keep him above the waterline.

“For those people who are not strong swimmers, it often creates a difficulty for them to get back in towards the beach,” Fairfield Police Captain Robert Kalamaras said.

Capt. Robert Kalamaras says there is a Jet Ski in the area of the lake in the case of someone drowning. The lifeguards are trained to use it but they were not on duty when the drowning happened since the beach closed at 6 p.m.

According to Kalamaras, Tapia-Zuniga’s apparent drowning was the third such death Lake Mohegan in about eight years. A 39-year-old Shelton man drowned there in 2011, and a 10-year-old Bridgeport girl died in 2012.

Witnesses say Tapia-Zuniga was swimming near the main beach area when he went under water and never surfaced. People tried to help him before officials arrived, but were unsuccessful.

Since 2013, the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department has kept a watercraft parked the side of the lake to assist swimmers in distress. The lake is manned with lifeguards until 6 p.m., when the swimming area is closed. Sunday’s incident occurred after closing time.

Police say they received multiple 911 calls reporting a swimmer in distress in the swimming area at Lake Mohegan. 

“We’re encouraging people to only swim when there are lifeguards on duty, to only swim where they are authorized to swim,” Kalamaras said. “In addition to that, if you’re going to go swimming, swim with a buddy or take measures like personal flotation devices if you’re not a strong swimmer to assure that you can stay afloat.”

Geovanny Tapia-Zuniga, 33, of Bridgeport, died after being transported to St. Vincents Medical Center.

Rescue efforts began just after 6:45 p.m. Sunday after numerous callers told dispatchers at the Fairfield Emergency Control Center that a swimmer had gone underwater at Lake Mohegan.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine Tapia-Zunigas official cause of death. 

When police, firefighters and the Fairfield Police Dive Team went to the lake on Morehouse road, they were told witnesses had tried had tried to rescue Tapia-Zuniga but were unable to do so.

Rescuers pulled a Bridgeport man out Lake Mohegan in Fairfield Sunday, but he later died in the hospital.

Firefighters went into the water but could not find the swimmer. At 7:22 p.m., Dive Team Sgt. Jason Kline recovered Tapia-Zuniga. Life-saving efforts were begun by Fire and American Medical Rescue emergency medical technicians, and Tapia-Zuniga was rushed to St. Vincent’s. He was pronounced dead at 8:09 p.m.

This site is currently unavailable to visitors from the European Economic Area while we work to ensure your data is protected in accordance with applicable EU laws.


Posted in Bridgeport