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Video: Cops rescue men stranded in freezing Boston Harbor

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January 18, 2023

Body camera footage captured the moment officers rescued a father and son stranded and floating on a cooler in the freezing cold Boston Harbor.

A father and son were reportedly on an end-of-summer lobster fishing trip when their boat hit rocks and began to take on water. 

Two officers from the Boston Police Harbor Unit received the call about the sinking boat while out on patrol over the harbor. The officers then located the father and son floating on their cooler in freezing temperatures. 

In a Youtube video posted by Inside Edition, officer body camera footage shows the two officers pulling up on the floating men in the water and then subsequently dragging them out of the water. In a truly gut-wrenching scene, the son demands that the officers save his 76-year-old father first, stating, “Help him up, please. Help him up first.” The father then appears to be helped out of the water while struggling to gain enough strength to lift himself up onto the rescue boat. The father tells the officers, “I’m 76 years old” and the officers reply back, “Take your time, your good, your good.” The son then states to both officers, “Please! I can’t hold on much longer.” The son is then too saved. 

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Temperatures in the Boston Harbor can cause hypothermia to set in from the freezing cold water.

Officer Garrett Boyle, one of the two Boston Police officers who performed the rescue, commented to Inside Edition, “We want to get them in the boat as quickly as possible. And you may think “oh they’re right there, we have ’em, take your time getting them in the boat.” But you take one big gulp of water and you could sink.”

Officer Boyle further added, “They were very appreciative.”

The father and son were both checked out by EMS once upon the shore. Both were cleared and are reportedly doing fine.