Man found in Freedom Park pond, sent to hospital

A team of divers from the Charlotte Fire Department rescued a man who had fallen into the pond Saturday afternoon at Freedom Park.

The man, whose name was not released, was found in the water by divers who searched about 10 minutes before finding the victim. The incident took place about 4 p.m., with hundreds of people visiting the park on a sunny weekend afternoon.

Medic said the victim was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. WBTV, the Observer’s media partner, said it was told by officials that the man was under water for 23 minutes.

The fire department immediately dispatched a dive team to the park after receiving the 911 call, and crews set up a staging area at the end of the park near Sterling Road and Wellesley Avenue.

The fire department spokesman said a crew of 13 firefighters needed about 12 minutes to find the man in the water and bring him to shore. Police cordoned off a portion of Freedom Park near where the victim was brought to shore.