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Man rescued from truck submerged in Fairhaven waters

Officers dove into 39-degree water to rescue a man who was stuck in a submerged truck Wednesday.COURTESY FAIRHAVEN POLICE

Police and firefighters dove into frigid waters in Fairhaven Wednesday and rescued a 61-year-old man after his truck went off the road.

Emergency responders were called to Goulart Memorial Drive just after 3 p.m. for reports that the truck, a Ford F-250 pickup, was upside down in seven feet of water, according to a post on the police department’s Facebook page.

When he arrived, Officer Scott Coelho waded into the water, and quickly realized there was a passenger inside the truck, police said. Two other officers helped free the man from the truck.

The man was taken out of the 39-degree water and received live-saving treatment” from paramedics on the shore. He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in critical condition, police said.

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Crews removed the truck from the water, as well as a light pole that was “snapped off from its base by the truck before launching into the bay,” police said.

Officials did not say what caused the single-car crash.


Steve Annear of the Globe staff contributed to this report. J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto.