Sean Malone is in critical condition after nearly drowning in Boston.
The incident occurred on July 20 after Malone, who starred in the 2007 film Gone Baby Gone, swam too far out at South Boston’s M Street Beach and started experiencing trouble swimming.
Luckily, an off-duty firefighter was nearby and witnessed the 54-year-old actor in distress. Malone’s hero, Chris Flaherty, grabbed a paddle board and started to swim in Malone’s direction, according to the Boston Globe.
However, as he made his way through the water, he lost sight of Sean, who had submerged under the water. A group of teens, 17-year-old Joey Binda, 18-year-old John Feeney, and 17-year-old Elliott Chauvet, who happened to be passing by on a boat, also saw Malone struggling in the water, and stopped to assist Flaherty in his search.
— People magazine (@people) July 21, 2015
Not long after, Chris spotted Sean, jumped off the boat, and swam to him. In the process, he told the teens to turn off the boat’s motor, and explained to them how to appropriately lift Sean into the boat.
Once he had Malone safely on the boat, Flaherty told Binda, the driver of the boat, to “get him to shore as fast as you can.”
Flaherty, Feeney, and Chauvet all performed CPR on the unconscious actor as the boat sped away to meet two other off-duty firefighters Ryan Long and Andrew Lane, who were waiting with a defibrillator near the bathhouse.
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— Okezone News (@okezonews) July 21, 2015
At approximately 4:00 p.m. more firefighters arrived at the scene, along with the police and EMS. Malone was then taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was listed as being in critical condition, as of Monday, July 20.
“I’m really glad that nobody panicked. I’m just glad we got to rescue him. It brought me and my friends a lot closer,” Binda said. “It’s kind of awesome that we saved a guy’s life.”
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— Susie Steimle (@SusieWBZ) July 21, 2015
“Sean’s family just wanted to pass on that they’re grateful for the work everyone has done so far to give Sean a chance, and they’re praying for the best,” Steve MacDonald, the Boston Fire Department spokesman, said.
According to the Courier Mail, Sean Malone’s other film credits include The Forger (2014) and The Fighter (2010).
[Photo by Ethan Miller]