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Portsmouth Man Dies After Being Swept Into Ocean

A Portsmouth man died after he was pulled out of the water Wednesday morning near the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge in Middletown.

Gary Mathias, 48, of Portsmouth, died Wednesday after he was swept into the ocean by a wave near the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, Middletown police said. 

Police responded just after 4 a.m. to the national refuge for a report of a fisherman being swept into the ocean. 

Sgt. Mark Minnella arrived first and located the victim floating in the surf. Sgt Minnella entered  the water with a life line attached, but the surf was to rough to allow him to reach the victim, police said. 

Mathias' body was later found floating in the surf and was unresponsive. The victim was brought to the Third Beach Boat ramp, where Newport Rescue personnel began CPR.

Mathias was then transported to Newport Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

The incident remains under investigation at this time.  

nun November 02, 2011 at 03:52 PM
This is truly sad news. Gary was a very good person.
Joe Sousa. November 02, 2011 at 08:11 PM
This is so sad. He was a life long friend, and fellow Viking Rider member. God Bless the family and him .
ANDREW GOLD November 02, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Gary was one of the best guys I ever had the pleasure of working with. I am saddened by this tragic loss and send my deepest condolences to his family.He will truly be missed. Andrew Gold . \
Eric Bulmer November 03, 2011 at 03:29 AM
I echo Andy's sentiments; I was shocked and saddened to see this on the news. Gary was one of the hardest working guys I ever knew during my time in the kitchens of Newport. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Michael Foster November 04, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Gary was my son's uncle and hero. He will miss him dearly!

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