Crews Respond to Drowning in Griswold

State police responded to what appears to be an accidental drowning in Griswold. 

Troopers were called to Sheldon Road just after 11 a.m. and EMS responded to assist in the call.

Police said the home on Doaneville Pond is a summer dwelling for the victim and his wife.

The home is currently undergoing bathroom renovations. The contractors doing the work attempted to rescue the victim and were the first to call 911.

"I was in the bathroom and I heard some noise. The lady came up yelling, saying her husband was in the water," explained Kurt Boehm of Andover.

Boehm said he is a member of the Andover Volunteer Fire Department, and although he is trained in CPR his efforts to revive the victim were unsuccessful.

"I ran out of the house, ran down to the water. My colleague was in the water, brought the gentleman to shore. We picked him up, put him on the dock. Immediately started CPR," Boehm said.

Ray Rondeau lives next door and described the victim as a man in his early 80s with a larger than life personality.

"I think it affects everyone. Whether you’re close to the individual or not. When it’s that close to home it has an impact," Rondeau said.

Rondeau said he and his wife were on their morning walk when the incident occurred and returned when they saw the emergency vehicles on site.

The medical examiner responded to get an early assessment of the situation. Although he could not give more details, he did say this is not suspicious.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.

No additional information was immediately available.

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