Northbridge fishing trip ends in tragedy

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August 17, 2011, 5:56 pm

(NECN: Brendan Monahan, Northbridge, Mass.) -- A father-son fishing trip went horribly wrong after police say six-year-old Yousef Hanna slipped into the Whitinsville Pond Tuesday while fishing with his father. His dad jumped in to save him, but neither could get back to shore.

Jonathon Dawe is a former volunteer firefighter and rushed to the scene from his nearby home after he heard the call for help on a police scanner.

"They were saying, 'There's a baby in the water!' And I rushed to the side to see if I could see anything," said Dawe.

While the lake may seem calm, Dawe says that an underground pipe here makes a strong current, so he knew that little Yousef could be anywhere in the water and dove in, trying to find any sign of life.

"I knew it didn't look right whatever was in the water. When I scooped him up and didn't think, I swam back to shore with him with me," said Dawe.

Northbridge police and firefighters dove in to help Dawe. While Sarwat could not be saved, rescuers say they're praying for little Yousef.

"You get a call like this, and it really changes things," said Northbridge Lt. Timothy Labrie. "You jump in and do what you gotta do."

"I couldn't fathom that happening. My heart breaks for the family," said Dawe.

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