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Police rescue man who fell off Boston pier early Saturday

A man was rescued from the water at Constellation Wharf in Charlestown early Saturday after he lost his balance and fell off the pier, Boston police said.

Officers were called to the wharf around 2:33 a.m. for a person in the water, police said in a statement. A witness told officers that the 24-year-old man had been standing on the pier urinating when he lost his balance and fell 30 feet into the water.

When officers located the man, they found he had been treading water for 10 minutes before someone called police. The officers called the Fire Department and EMS for backup, but feared for his safety in the cold water and decided to try to rescue him.

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Officers lowered a rope to the man and dragged him over 100 yards to a dock on Pier 6, police said.

The man was treated by Boston EMS for hypothermia and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.


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