Thank goodness for some fast acting bystanders
Southie resident, Sean Malone, 54 was swimming on Monday afternoon in Boston Harbor from the beach behind the Curley Rec. Center when he began to struggle. Luckily for him, some off-duty Boston firefighters were working out down the L when they grew concerned with how far out Malone was swimming.
According to the Boston Globe, firefighter Chris Flaherty grabbed a paddleboard and headed out to find Malone. Unfortunately, Malone had already went under by the time Flaherty arrived. Three teenagers from Milton were nearby in a boat – Joey Binda, 17, John Feeney, 18 and Elliott Chauvet, 17 – and picked up Flaherty to search for Malone. They found him further out. Flaherty jumped from the boat to rescue Malone, told the teens to turn off the engine and then helped them get Malone onboard. Flaherty began performing CPR on Malone while the boat rushed to the shore. Two other off-duty firefighters Ryan Long and Andrew Lane were waiting to help with CPR.
Malone was taken to Boston Medical Center where he is still in critical condition.
Malone is the brother of Scott Malone – Deputy Fire Chief of the Boston Fire Department.
On a side note, Sean Malone is local actor who has appear in numerous films and commercial. He is most recognized for appearance in The Hopper (Dish Kangaroo) commercials.