Boston police rescue father and son clinging to refrigerator from Boston Harbor

BOSTON – The Boston Police Department’s Harbor Patrol briefly rescued a father and son who were desperately clinging to a beverage cooler on the outer edge of Boston Harbor as a crab boat capsized.

Officers Stephen Merrick and Garrett Boyle responded to a call about a boat taking on water around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Graves Light Station, police said in a statement. The privately owned lighthouse sits on a rocky island 9 miles off the coast.

The department’s Harbor Patrol rescues a father and son clinging to a cooler after their boat capsized in Boston Harbor on Aug. 24, 2022.
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Boston Police officers rescued the two about 100 yards from Graves Light Beach in Boston Harbor.
Boston Police officers rescued the two about 100 yards from Graves Light Beach in Boston Harbor.
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As they approached, the officers saw a small part of the ship’s Glory Days above the water, but as they got closer, they saw the two holding a blue cooler.

“You could see the fear on their faces,” Merrick said. “They were cold. They looked very tired and weak.

The dramatic rescue was captured on a police body camera.

“We’re too weak,” the youngest is heard saying.

He asked the authorities to rescue his 76-year-old father, who was wearing a life jacket at the time.

“Please help him,” he said. “Help him first.”

The young man, who was holding on to a life ring, was taken to a police boat by the officers.

The men said their boat’s 28-foot engine had become tangled in lobster lines and failed. Police said the boat was pushed onto the rocks by the current and blew a hole.

The men were taken to shore where emergency medical technicians treated them for minor injuries. Their boat was towed from the spot.

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