Quick-Thinking Boys Save Swimmer At Walden Pond

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CONCORD (WBZ-AM) -- One moment, 11-year-old Bodie Thompson was enjoying the waters of Walden Pond on a hot June Sunday, out on a paddle board with his new friend Herman. The next moment, they heard cries from a distressed swimmer whose leg had cramped up, and who was struggling to stay above the surface. 

The two young men didn't hesitate, Bodie told WBZ-TV.

"We both just started turning that direction and started paddling there as quick as possible," Bodie said. "He said 'thank you' when he climbed onto the paddleboard."

He said the swimmer was seemingly in shock, but grateful as he pulled himself onto the board. The boys had him to shore by the time the Concord Fire Department arrived. They said the day could have taken a far worse turn if those two brave and alert young men hadn't risen to the moment.

"It's always nice when you have a good outcome, and we don't always have good outcomes," Capt. Bill Noke told WBZ-TV.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl reports

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