Plymouth man dies following heroic rescue attempt by Wareham deputy harbormaster

Jul 3, 2018

A “swift and selfless” attempted rescue ended tragically with the death of a 42-year-old Plymouth man who was found unresponsive in water near Cohasset Narrows on Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Ford, 42, was pronounced dead at Tobey Hospital, according to Wareham Harbormaster Garry Buckminster.

Ford was spotted at approximately 1:30  p.m. in the water by off-duty Wareham Deputy Harbormaster Antonio Maietta, according to officials. The Cohasset Narrows is located near the Bourne/Wareham town line.

Maietta navigated his personal vessel to the victim while calling bystanders on shore at Taylors Point Marina for help. Maietta then jumped in the water and swam Ford to shore where Wareham EMS, Bourne Fire Department and Bourne Police were waiting.

“We would like to commend Deputy Harbormaster Antonio Maietta for his swift and selfless act of entering the water in an area known for dangerous currents and high vessel traffic,” Wareham Department of Natural Resources officials said.

Additional information is unavailable at this time.