By Jim Smith

REVERE (CBS) – A man is in critical condition after he was rescued from the water a Revere Beach on Tuesday. Beachgoers pulled the man from the water just before 3 p.m.

State Police say the man was unresponsive, with witnesses telling WBZ that he looked like he was in “bad shape.”

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Revere fire crews happened to be on the beach for safety drills at the time the call was made.

“We heard one of our fire companies get dispatched there for a medical call,” said Capt. Mark Wolfgang of the Revere Fire Department. “So we got on our four wheel-drive beach vehicle and responded and assisted the lifeguards and the State Police.”

Firefighters respond to Revere Beach (WBZ-TV)

Michael Williams, who witnessed the incident, said, “I saw them pull him out of the water. He was face down, in the water.”

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Nurse Jaclyn Firestone assisted with medical attention.

“It looked like they were getting a dummy from the water and apparently it was a person,” Firestone said. “So they grabbed him, we all started doing CPR on him. Everyone was very helpful it was very scary and very sad.”

Firestone said her previous training allowed her to be able to step in.

“It was something that you learn in nursing school and you practice and hope to never do in real life,” she said.

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State Police say the man was taken to Whidden Hospital in Everett.