A man died after being pulled from Boston Harbor on Wednesday morning at Christopher Columbus Park. The man may have been pushed over the seawall in a fight. The area around the spray fountains near the Marriott Long Wharf was closed off in the park by yellow police tape into the afternoon.
The incident may have been a fight between two homeless men, according to President of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, Joanne Hayes-Rines. She was walking through the park after the incident and spoke with Boston Police.
Expressing concerns about the growing homeless problem in the park, she reports that a BPD sergeant on the scene said, “Suppose it was a child that was pushed in?” The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) have been warning about the dramatic increase of homeless incidents in the park over the past year.
A Boston Fire spokesman said a good samaritan jumped in to help keep the foundering man afloat before both were pulled out by a State Police boat, according to a report on Universal Hub. The incident occurred shortly before noon on Wednesday in broad daylight. Reports from the scene indicate a large response by Boston Police, Fire and EMS.
(Photos by Joanne Hayes-Rines)
4/25/13 Update from Joanne Hayes-Rines: I spoke with Lt. O’Brien of the BPD District A1. I met him in the park yesterday as the incident was being investigated. He confirmed that there 3 homeless people, two men and one woman, who had been sitting on the chains at the harbor’s edge facing the water. The woman said she turned her head and heard a splash. One of the men was in the water; the other took off. The lieutenant heard that someone helped the man out of the water but didn’t know the details. The man subsequently died.