Woman paddles out in kayak, pulls child swimmer in distress from water off Yarmouth

YARMOUTH, MASS. (WHDH) - A woman is being credited with paddling out to rescue a boy who was struggling to swim in the waters off Yarmouth Friday, an official said.

The woman sprang into action when her child noticed the boy struggling to stay above water off Great Island, the harbormaster said.

The Harbormaster Karl Von Hon confirms that the boy was walking along the shoreline when he misjudged how deep the water was at the entrance to a cove.

The woman then paddled out to the boy in a kayak and pulled him onto a rock jetty until emergency crews arrived on scene.

The child, believed to be between the ages of 12 and 14, was going in an out of consciousness, according to the harbormaster.

“Thank goodness for the good samaritan that saw him out there flailing,” Von Hon said.

The good Samaritan said via text, “I just did what I hope anyone would do given the circumstances. I have three young boys and I can only hope that someone would help them in that situation.”

The boy was transported to shore by a harbor patrol boat and was initially taken by medical helicopter to Cape Cod Hospital before being transferred to Children’s Hospital in Boston.

His condition was not immediately available.

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