WAREHAM — Two Wareham Police officers recently rescued a person in distress from the water.

On Sunday, December, 27, Wareham Police Officers James White and Jon Verhaegan responded to a beach location in Wareham for a report of a person in the water. Police say it was further reported that the individual was in distress.

According to police, when the officers arrived, the victim was neck-deep in water. Both officers entered the water in their uniforms and assisted the person back to the land. The individual was transported to Tobey Hospital for treatment, and the officers were uninjured; however, police say their uniforms were damaged.

Members of the Wareham Department of Natural Resources responded with a boat to the area and aided in the incident.

“The officers put their own safety aside to assist someone who needed help. They did a great job, and I am very proud of them,” said Wareham Police Chief John Walcek, who declined to give exact details on the incident to protect the privacy of the individual rescued.

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