US father and son cling to cooler rescued off Boston Harbor

Just in time, the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Unit rescued a father and son clinging desperately to a drinks cooler on the far edge of Boston Harbor after their lobster boat sank.

Officers Stephen Merrick and Garrett Boyle responded to a call from a boat picking up water near Graves Light Station around 6.30pm Wednesday, police said in a statement.

The privately owned lighthouse is located on a rocky island about 14.5 kilometers offshore.

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On approach, officers only saw a small portion of the Glory Days ship’s bow above water, but as they drew closer they saw the two men holding on to the swaying blue cooler.

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

“You were cold. They looked very tired and weak,” police said of the rescued men. (AP PHOTO) Recognition: AP

The dramatic rescue was captured on video from the police camera.

“We are so weak,” the younger man is heard saying.

He then urged officers to rescue his 76-year-old father, who was wearing a life jacket.

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

The younger man, who was holding on to a lifebelt, was then dragged onto the police boat by officers.

The men said their boat’s 8.5-meter engine became tangled in lobster lines and failed. The current pushed the boat onto the rocks and punctured the hull, police said.

The men were taken ashore, where rescue workers slightly injured them. Her boat was towed from the scene of the accident.

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James Brien

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