The Sandwich Fire Department and United States Coast Guard rescued a 67-year-old fisherman who was reportedly swept out to sea early this morning. The man is now in serious condition, according to a statement from Sandwich Fire Chief John J. Burke.

Around 5:40 AM on Saturday, August 31, emergency services received reports of a person in distress close to the Old Harbor entrance at Town Neck Beach. Witnesses reportedly saw the man fishing with waders before the tide pulled him out to sea.

Rescuers responded within 12 minutes, Chief Burke stated. Once deployed, they found a kayaker who had helped the fisherman.

After the fisherman was pulled from the water, the chief states, the fire department transported him to Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston. The department estimates the man was in the water for close to an hour.

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