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WATCH: State Police rescue South Jersey boy trapped in frigid marsh

State troopers rescue

In this photo from video, state troopers help a 14-year-old boy who had been stuck in a marsh in Salem County on Sunday.

Three state troopers rescued a 14-year-old boy Sunday who was stuck waist deep in frigid water in a marsh in Alloway Township, Salem County.

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At 11:28 p.m., Sgt. Carl Scowcroft, Trooper Matthew Hess and Trooper Thomas Rheault were dispatched after a report of a boy who ran away from home and got stuck in a marsh near Sawmill Road. When troopers arrived, they entered the water and discovered the trapped boy, who was breathing slowly but was unresponsive, State Police said.

Due to the frigid temperature of the water, Scowcroft determined he needed to take immediate action to save the boy’s life, so he quickly made his way through the mud as Hess and Rheault kept their flashlights trained on the victim. Scowcroft pulled the boy from the marsh and carried him toward the shoreline. At the time of the rescue, the victim exhibited signs of hypothermia, State Police said.

A short time later, members of Alloway Township Fire Rescue arrived and entered the water to assist. Rheault and Hess then secured the boy to a backboard and carried him up the embankment. Alloway Township EMS evaluated the victim and transported him to Salem Medical Center, where he was expected to make a full recovery, State Police said.

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