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Portland man dies after being pulled from Middletown quarry

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An unresponsive swimmer was pulled from this Middletown quarry off of Bow Lane on Wednesday. (WFSB photo) An unresponsive swimmer was pulled from this Middletown quarry off of Bow Lane on Wednesday. (WFSB photo)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

A man who had been swimming with friends was rushed to the hospital after police said he jumped 30 feet off a cliff and into the water.

Police said it happened at a quarry in Middletown Wednesday afternoon.

According to rescue crews, the 26-year-old man was in the water for about an hour before anyone could pull him out. When he was pulled out, he was unresponsive and taken to Middlesex Hospital.

On Thursday afternoon, Middletown police said the man has died.

He is being identified as Andrew Frizzen, of Portland.

Police said the spot from which he jumped is not a swimming area.

The quarry is located off of Bow Lane and is down a private road.

Police said they patrol the area the best that they can, but they can’t keep everyone out.

“We strongly advise people not to come here,” said Capt. Sean Moriarty, Middletown police. “It's very dangerous. The water is dangerous. There's rocks underwater that jet up and you can't see.”

Since the area is so remote, first responders said they had difficulty reaching the victim.

“For the fire department, the rope rescue was very treacherous for them,” Moriarty said.

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