• 14-year-old pulled from water near Yarmouth by kayaker

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    YARMOUTH, Mass. - A 14-year-old boy was pulled from the waters off Great Island near Yarmouth, according to the Yarmouth Fire Department. 

    A person on the beach took a kayak out to the boy in the water and brought him back to the beach, fire officials told Boston 25 News. 

    "The water is an inherently dangerous place," said Karl Von Hone, the Yarmouth Harbormaster.

    "He had planned to be walking ankle-deep along the shoreline, but when he crossed an entrance to a cove where boats go in and out, it of course was a lot deeper," said Bill Bonnetti, the assistant harbormaster.

    A Department of Natural Resources boat picked him up from the beach around 12:44 p.m. Friday and took him to the dock. 

    Fire officials say he was conscious and alert when he was flown by Medflight from Barnstable airport. 

    He was flown to Boston Children's Hospital. 

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the near drowning victim’s family and him and hopefully he’ll make a full and speedy recovery," said Von Hole.

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