UTICA, N.Y. -- An early evening swim could have turned deadly for two boys were it not for the quick efforts of a retired doctor who happened to be walking by at the time.
Dr. Mark Smith, a retired surgeon, was out for a walk in Proctor Park when he saw a mother waiving at a nearby creek. He says at he got closer he saw two boys struggling near the small falls in the creek.
That's when he jumped in to rescue them. "The two little boys were probably ages 8 and 11 or so," says Smith. " I jumped in and grabbed and pulled them to the side."
Dr. Smith says he was surprised how deep that section of the creek was. "I went in there and it was over my head and i was shocked because people swim in there all the time. I went off the edge of the little falls and i didn't touch the bottom i went way under. That was a big surprise."
Smith says he checked the boys out and they were OK and they went home. When police arrived, Smith told them the whole story.
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