LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Repairs are ongoing at the Lynn Fishing Pier a day after a 55-year-old fisherman fell through a decayed portion of wood Wednesday afternoon.
The fall was about 15 feet into the water.
The man did not know how to swim. Two nearby teens, a boy and a girl, jumped into the water to rescue him and were able to pull him to shore and call for help.
They risked their own safety, as one of the teens also did not know how to swim.
"It could have been a tragic result for him, for sure," Lynn Fire Department Deputy Chief Arthur Richard said. "It was quick acting by some bystanders. They see something and they did something."
Richard says the pier is "not in good shape. No one's maintaining it. It's not repaired in anyway, so obviously time and weather takes its toll on that kind of stuff."
The State Department of Conservation and Recreation are handling repairs.
The man was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports