A fisherman who had been hospitalized in serious condition after being swept out to sea at Town Neck Beach over the weekend is showing signs of improvement, Fire Chief John J. Burke said.

The Sandwich Fire Department and United States Coast Guard were called to the scene at 5:40 AM when someone reported seeing a person in distress near the Old Harbor entrance to the beach. Witnesses said that the man had been seen fishing while wearing waders before the tide pulled him out to sea.

Help was on the scene within 12 minutes. Upon arrival, crews found a kayaker who had been able to help the 67-year-old fisherman.

The man was pulled from the water and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston where he was listed in serious condition.

The fire department estimates that the man was in the water for about an hour before being rescued.

As of 3 PM on Tuesday, September 3, Chief Burke said that the man is improving, albeit slowly. The man remains hospitalized at this time.

“He definitely had salt water in his lungs and is being treated for that,” he said.

Chief Burke said that no further information about the man’s condition is currently available.

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