WEYMOUTH (CBS) – A father and son are credited with saving two men in distress in Quincy Bay.
It was 10pm Tuesday night when Sam Brown, 17, heard the cries from his bedroom.
“I thought it was the TV downstairs, but then I heard the words ‘help’ in the bone-chilling yell that no one wants to hear and that’s when it got real,” Sam said.
Sam ran to get the life jackets and told his mother to call 911. His father, Chuck Brown, sprang into action.
“We realized right away there was trouble, I said, ‘we have to go,’” Chuck Brown said.
Brown grabbed his neighbor’s kayak and started paddling. He estimated the victims and their sinking row boat were half a mile from shore, but couldn’t see more than five feet away.
“I just saw two heads. The boat was already underwater and then it popped up for a minute and he would climb it and push it down. It was just this bobbing, vertical thing,” said Brown.
Brown says he struggled to get the two men in their 30s onto his kayak. He says hypothermia and shock had set in.
“I tried to talk some sense into them, told them I was there to help, calm them down,” said Brown.
Eventually, 30 minutes later, all three were close to shore where emergency crews were standing by.
The victims were rushed to the hospital by ambulance.
“You don’t expect your dad to be a hero 45 minutes later,” Sam Brown said. “You really don’t.”
“You know, I only try to do what I hope others would do for me,” Chuck Brown said.