CENTERVILLE — An afternoon of fun and fishing for young friends in New York City on Wednesday quickly turned tense when they watched a stranger jump off a bridge into the Centerville River near Craigville Beach.
“It was rocking up and down in the water, then it sank, and I couldn’t see it,” Will Anagnos said. “I didn’t really know what to do. I just pulled him out of the water and brought him back to shore.”
Firefighters credit Will and his friends with saving the 15-year-old’s life. Will’s mom credits years of swimming lessons, water safety, and experience as an Eagle Scout.
“He’s been trained in swimming and other things and what to do in an emergency,” Will’s mother, Gidget Anagnos, said. “You don’t really think about it, you just do it.”
The victim was unconscious when the boys pulled him out. Help arrived a few moments later.
“I feel great, we saved someone’s life,” said Kyle Richardson. “But it was a little scary at the time. Really nerve-wracking.”
“My kids are humble and they do the right thing when needed,” Gidget said. “He made it today. I’m overwhelmed.”
A fire official said the 15-year-old was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries.