Tragedy in the resort of Mamaia, after a man on vacation drowned while in the water on Monday morning. Resuscitation efforts by SMURD lifeguards and medics failed to bring him back to life. Although he was pulled from the water by a lifeguard and received immediate medical attention from SMURD teams, resuscitation efforts were in vain.
What happened in the water
A tragic incident occurred on Monday morning in the resort of Mamaia, resulting in the death of a 70-year-old man by drowning. The victim was relatively quickly pulled out of the water by a lifeguard, receiving immediate medical assistance from him, and later from SMURD teams.
Unfortunately, the man did not respond to resuscitation maneuvers, being declared dead. Witnesses said that the man would have entered the sea to fill a bottle with water, but he did not return, there being suspicions regarding a possible medical condition. Daniel Lopătaru, the lifeguard in charge of the intervention, stated what happened at the scene.
While these operations were being carried out, the man’s wife noticed the incident and ran crying to the lifeguard. Heartbroken, this tragic incident leaves the local community stunned and draws attention to the importance of following safety measures around water.
“We pulled him out of the water, and at that moment a tourist notified the SMURD team, and we started resuscitation maneuvers. The incident happened approximately 10-15 meters from the shore, in an area where the depth of the water was not great, reaching up to my abdomen.
A woman told us the man went into the water at around 7.10am to fill a water bottle and she believed he had returned to the beach. Only when I was bringing him to the shore, I noticed her running towards me and crying, at which point I realized that she was his wife,” said the lifeguard.
The first statements of the rescuers
According to SAJ Constanța, two ambulances were sent to the scene, which performed several resuscitation maneuvers on the victim. Unfortunately, the patient in cardio-respiratory arrest did not respond to any maneuver, being declared dead.
“A call was received through the 112 service for a drowned patient in the Mamaia resort. Two SMURD crews and one SAJ crew were sent to the scene of the request. A patient was found in cardio-respiratory arrest, a resuscitation protocol was carried out but, unfortunately, the patient did not respond to the protocol and was declared dead”, said Dr. Claudia Tatarici, SAJ Constanța spokesperson.
Also, the policemen from Constanța transmitted the time when the tragedy occurred, explaining that the man would have died of natural causes, there being no traces of violence on his body. The dead body was taken to the morgue for an autopsy.
“On July 10, around 8:10 a.m., police officers from the Mamaia resort were alerted to the fact that a person had drowned.
The policemen dispatched to the scene found that the reported cases are confirmed, as it is a 70-year-old man. The medical team declared his death.
Following the external examination of the body, no visible traces of violence were found. The body was transported to the morgue, in order to carry out the necropsy and establish the causes of death. In the case, a criminal investigation file was drawn up under the aspect of committing the crime of manslaughter”, the police in Constanța reported.