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A father and son cling to a water cooler rescued from Boston Harbor


A father and son were rescued from Boston Harbor after they were found by police clinging to a blue cooler on Wednesday night.

The Boston Police Port Unit received a call at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. about “a boat taking on water and sinking off Graves Light in Boston Harbor,” according to a news release.

Upon arrival, officers found a boat almost completely submerged in water and two men holding a floating blue cooler.

The Boston Police Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit rescues a father and son clinging to a cooler after their boat sank in Boston Harbor on August 24, 2022.Boston Police Department via AP File

Video of the rescue obtained by NBC News shows the moment officers found the two men.

“Help him first,” the son is heard telling the officers about his father.

A man wearing a life jacket and claiming to be 76 was later pulled onto the police boat.

“I have no strength,” the man can be heard saying.

Officers then turn their attention to the 38-year-old son, who is also struggling to get into the boat. The father and son couple, who confirmed they were the only two on their boat when it sank, can be heard thanking officers.

After the men were brought to safety, they reported that their boat’s engine became entangled in lobster lines and began to sink, causing them to abandon ship, police said.

The men were taken ashore where they were treated by an EMS team. Their boat was also lifted and taken to Thompson Island, police said.

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