Alaska State Troopers in Halibut Cove provided medical assistance after being alerted to a man suffering from a “drug-induced paranoid-delusional psychotic break down,” according to Troopers.
The call came to Troopers on Monday around 1 p.m. regarding a 32-year-old Anchor Point man who had gone into the waters of Halibut Cove for at least 30 minutes, according to a Troopers report.
Troopers and Homer Fire Department medics were en route to the call and later discovered the man had in fact managed to use a skiff to get further than expected out in the water, said AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen.
“(He) somehow ended up in the water in the cove – either by falling or jumping,” Ipsen said.
It was discovered by Troopers the man had shown up at Halibut Cove about four hours prior to his first day of work, Ipsen said; however, it is uncertain what the job was.
By the time crews arrived on the scene, Halibut Cove residents had removed the man from the water and had bound his hands and feet with crab pot line, “because he was out of control,” Ipsen said.
“One of the responding Troopers said (the man) was growling at them and was foaming at the mouth by the time they got there,” Ipsen said.
Residents had wrapped the man in blankets to keep him warm as they waited for rescue crews to arrive.
The male’s mental state began to improve as Troopers were transporting him to Homer, according to a Troopers report, and he was able to talk with crews at the scene.
“He actually admitted to ingesting methamphetamine, and possibly bath salts,” Ipsen said.
Crews transported the man by Homer Ambulance to South Peninsula Hospital.