UPDATE: Walnut Beach Victim ID'd

The 48-year-old man was a Stratford resident.


Updated on August 6th at 3:39 p.m.:

Milford Police confirmed the identity of the  man who died from injuries sustained at Walnut Beach Saturday night as Timothy Cook, age 48 of Broadbridge Avenue, Stratford.

An autopsy is being performed on Cook. We will bring you those results, as well as other news on the subject, as it becomes available.

Original Story:

was quite active one day after the fatal accident that resulted in the death of an as-yet-unidentified 48-year-old man early Saturday night.

With the 14th Annual Walnut Beach Arts Festival and both drawing crowds, most beachgoers were unaware that a man had died after attempting a jumping maneuver from the pier on Saturday night.

'A Lot of Young Kids Do Back Flips'

"I think it's crazy," said a regular Walnut Beach visitor, who preferred to remain anonymous. "A lot of young kids do back flips. They do it a lot out there."

Other beachgoers added that they had often seen people doing dives and other jumps off of the pier. 

In response to , Patch user asked "At low tide???" Low tide on Saturday was 7:25 a.m. and 7:48 p.m. 

The only visible sign on the pier warning against diving reads "No skateboards, bicycles or diving" and is located the entrance to the pier.

"People just don't pay attention to this stuff. It's sad to see. It's for their safety and they still don't listen," said , President of the Walnut Beach Association.

No Lifeguard on Duty

was at Walnut Beach yesterday and could not comment for this article, beyond saying that the fatal accident occurred after 4 p.m., when a lifeguard would not have been on duty.

Garfield also noted that Milford Recreation would be speaking with about the incident on Monday.

Between July 1 and mid-August lifeguards are stationed at the five Milford beaches that have lifeguards (, , , and ) daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

From mid-August until Labor Day, lifeguards are on duty during weekends only from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Regarding the lifeguard schedule, Joe Garbus said, "It's mainly during the most crowded part of the day. There are very few people left after that."

'It's Very Difficult to Control Those Kinds of Things'

Regarding the incident,  wrote: "It's very sad. At this time, our thoughts are with the family."

Attempts to contact  were not immediately successful.

stated that she could not comment for this article as the incident occurred on the "City side" rather than in the section of the beach.

As for what else could be done, Joe Garbus said, "It's very difficult to control those kinds of things. They've mentioned about cameras, but I'm not sure how far and could it see at night?"

Tom Mackin August 06, 2012 at 11:48 AM
We need to rely on the responsible actions of people who use our beaches and piers not have more police or lifeguards. On more than one occasion I have reminded kids diving from that pier to where the deeper water is. A 48 year old man decided to dive in shallow water. This is a terrible tragedy for him, his family and our community. We cannot protect people from themselves by turning our beaches into a police state. I am so sorry for the loss of this man and for the pain his family, friends and our community is experiencing.
jess byron August 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Even though its sad I agree with Tom, people need to be responsible for themselves. the police are there a lot already anyway. they sit in that parking lot.
Kelly August 06, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I completely agree with Tom. While I have not seen anyone dive off the pier (and I walk there everyday) people need to be responsible for themselves. Stupid decision=a tragic ending. I will pray for him & his family and I would HOPE that anyone else contemplating jumping from the pier would think twice.
Concerned Parent August 06, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Before over-reacting, I suggest people take a very close look at this pier. There are obvious railings with fencing to prevent any accidental slippage into the water, whether low or high tide. You cannot prevent anyone from doing something stupid. If you do notice some behavior on the pier that is very dangerous, simply call the authorities. We do not live in a police state and it is ridiculous to have our resources look over everything. Especially piers that have plenty of safety measures as well as clearly posted warning signs.
Kathy August 06, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I was there that Saturday..I left around 3:30. I couldn't take watching the kids jump off that pier. There was a boy riding his mini bike up and down the pier and he almost ran down a little girl. He was just wearing a bathing suit and no shoes. I overheard a mother ask her kids if they wanted to jump too. I couldn't take it anymore. I was the only adult that said anything to these kids...fear got the best of me so I said something while I passed them. I was told to go F^^%% myself by a group of 12 to 13yr old boys. What do you do with that???...I am totally lost
Concerned Parent August 06, 2012 at 04:39 PM
First rule of thumb when dealing with punks. Do not try to compete with them. You will lose. Contact a cop or other person with authority and let them put the fear of God into them.
Jeff August 06, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Well put.
aDADandGRANDDAD August 06, 2012 at 10:39 PM
The last words of too many people are "Watch this!” Tim was a good person, a fun loving guy, and always wore a smile. He will be missed. It is just a shame that we have had to say "he or she will be missed" so often, as result of a joke, prank, or some other foolish action. He was a son; husband; father; and grandfather and I selfishly wish he had acted less recklessly. Rest in peace, Tim, you will be missed.
arkay August 06, 2012 at 10:40 PM
They can only do so much. People will do what they do, despite signs, police patrolling, etc. These things unfortunately happen.
Edward Regnier August 07, 2012 at 01:56 AM
My only suggestion is to put a pole with feet depth markings to show the distance from the top of the water to the bottom. If they're still stupid enough to dive into shallow water then....GOOD LUCK!
J.M August 08, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I was on the pier and witnessed him diving off..I'm pretty sure if he was not intoxicated he may have thought twice about diving into knee deep water..One of his friends refused anyone to perform CPR on him..Even after a nurse told the friend they had to move him 2 feet behind them to solid ground..In my opinion the friend should be held responsible if the corner rules he died other than a broken neck..
Ryan Sartor (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 05:08 AM
J.M.: Toxicology reports will not be released for about 4 months, according to the Connecticut State Medical Examiner's Office. That's standard practice.
Edward Regnier August 08, 2012 at 12:41 PM
J.M. i"m sorry you had to witness such a sad conclusion to what probably was a fun day. Intoxication is no excuse in Driving or Diving. He shouldn't have thought even once about breaking a law clearly posted and enacted for his own safety. As you can see from the pictures above, this is a fishing pier (as one person is doing). The fence is not meant to hamper that activity. Common sense is you don't fish off a diving board....you don't dive off a high fishing pier. Let me also state (as someone with past experience) that CPR isn't a cure-all. The nurse was more correct to carefully remove him from the water and await the professionals with the proper training and equipment. As a witness, I hope you tell others the story so they may learn from this tragic incident.
Maria Cook November 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Jm , I recently found out about my ex husband and your right I am sure he was intoxicated he drank alot and I know he didn't stop , alcoholics and addicts do some crazy things ..
Maria Cook November 08, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Him being intoxicated wouldn't surprise me ,I use to be married to him and that is why we divorced ,him being drunk and drugs which lead him to do crazy things , and needed to protect our son which he hadn't seen him 15 years . I am sorry it had to come to this, before he would grow up and be responible .


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