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Mass. man, 36, nearly drowns while trying to save boy on Ammonoosuc River
Freddy Poisson, 36, of Haverhill, Mass., had just arrived at the falls and heard the commotion.
“Seeing the young man, Mr. Poisson immediately jumped into the water in an attempt to help. Mr. Poisson was instantly overtaken by the same strong currents. Onlookers later reported that Mr. Poisson was pulled underwater and remained submerged for approximately two minutes. During the submersion, the original victim was able to hold onto a rocky ledge and get out of the water. Mr. Poisson was finally released by the currents, and floated toward shore, face down,” officials said in the release.
Personnel from Twin Mountain Fire and Rescue, Fish and Game conservation officers, a U.S. Forest Service officer and a Twin Mountain police officer arrived on scene.
The 15-year-old was evaluated by rescuers as well and released to his family. As the ambulance departed, Poisson was able to converse with rescue personnel.
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