- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PALENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - State police in Greene County are crediting a passer-by with saving the life of a teenage boy who was pulled into deep water by strong currents while swimming with friends in a Catskill Mountain stream.

Troopers say a 17-year-old boy from the village of Catskill was swimming in the Kaaterskill Creek near State Route 32A in Palenville on Sunday when he was pulled under and started panicking. Police say 43-year-old Richard Larsen of Palenville heard people yelling for help and ran to the scene.

Larsen swam to the struggling boy and was able to pull him to safety.

Emergency medical services transported the boy to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

Larsen, a carpenter, tells the Kingston Daily Freeman (https://bit.ly/1uVHqIR) he was honored by the chance to save a life.

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