A kayaker is being treated at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital after he was pulled from the waters near little bridge in Oak Bluffs and given CPR by a bystander and the town’s shellfish constable. 

Shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, rescuers received a report of two people in the water and found a man in a kayak had capsized. Another boater with them brought the man ashore, and called 911 when he was not breathing. 

Oak Bluffs shellfish constable Donovan McElligatt was nearby and started giving CPR, according to a statement from the town fire department.

Police arrived shortly after and aided with CPR before the ambulance brought the man to the hospital. 

The man was awake and talking to the EMS crew when he arrived at the emergency room, according to the department. 

Firefighters also searched the water to make sure there were no other people overturned. 

In an interview with the Gazette, fire chief Nelson Wirtz and deputy chief Stephen Foster thanked the bystander, Mr. McElligatt, police and the other ambulance crews who helped and they reminded boaters to wear personal flotation devices when out on the water.