By Staff

WINTHROP (CBS) – A man was rescued after his boat flipped over and sank off Winthrop Thursday afternoon. He was in the water for more than half an hour and called 911 on his cell phone.

The call for help came in just after 4:30, but in choppy conditions he wasn’t easy to see. Another boater found him and pulled him out of the water.

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“I call them good Samaritans because these guys stopped right away and pulled him onboard,” Winthrop Harbormaster Arthur Hickey said.

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Hickey said if it had taken just a little longer to find the man, this very likely would have been a recovery mission instead.

“His life jacket was saturated,” Hickey said. “It’s pretty heavy full of water. So, he wasn’t going to last much longer.”

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That man was the only person on the boat at the time. It’s still unclear what caused the boat to go under. Staff