FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts State Trooper is being hailed a hero after he rescued a teenager who fell into an icy canal Friday.
According to police, a 15-year-old boy fell in at Britland Park while trying to get a soccer ball that had gotten stuck on the ice. He fell in the water behind the Fall River police station around 4:30 p.m.
The boy was neck-deep in the water for about five minutes before being pulled out by Trooper Kyle Duarte.
“The male subject who was in the canal – he had friends that were over there and they were trying to help him out,” Duarte explained. “They were basically trying to keep him afloat.”
Donna Thibault was driving to pick up her son from work when she saw the rescue.
“I saw the boy in the river, people trying to pull him out and I came over to see if they wanted me to call 9-1-1,” she said. “When they got him out, I offered him a pillow and a blanket that I had in my car.”
According to Thibault, the boy’s body was red when he was pulled from the water.
Duarte said the boy is extremely lucky to be alive. He was taken to St. Anne’s Hospital for precautionary reasons but is expected to be okay.
“I was happy that I was nearby, I was able to get to the scene quickly and it was a job well done by everybody involved,” Duarte said.
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