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Florida

Boy, 9, hailed a hero for saving dad

PENSACOLA — A 9-year-old Florida boy is being hailed a hero for pulling his father from the water after the man fractured his neck in a diving accident. Young Asaih Williams said he always plays a game in his head when he’s diving with someone. If the other person doesn’t emerge from the water in a set amount of time, then the boy goes in after him.

His dad, Josh Williams, emerged on his stomach, unable to turn over. Despite a 100-pound weight difference between the two, Asaih channeled superhuman strength, and turned his dad over to prevent him from drowning. He then slowly, tugged his dad to shore until bystanders came alongside them.

Louisiana

Family rescued from overturned boat

VENICE — Two children and their parents clung to their overturned boat in the Gulf of Mexico until the Coast Guard could rescue them Wednesday afternoon.

The children, aged 8 and 11, and their parents all were in good shape when they were rescued, Petty Officer Sydney Phoenix said.

Missouri

Man dies after being hit by anchor

CAMDENTON — An Illinois man has died after being hit by a boat anchor on Lake of the Ozarks, authorities said. Craig Gathmann, 55, of Manito, Illinois, was operating a boat Wednesday afternoon with the anchor still in the water. Once the anchor released, the tension in the rope caused it to catapult out of the water, hitting Gathmann, investigators said.

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