A family gathering took a frightening turn yesterday afternoon off an island near Mashpee, when a father rescued his 3-year-old son in what officials called a near-drowning, according to the local fire department. Lieutenant Michael Evaul of the Mashpee Fire Department said in a phone interview that the man pulled his son from the water at about noon. It was unclear how the child got into the water. Evaul said the boy, who lives in Redding, Conn., was with several relatives on Washburn Island, which is about 1 mile from Mashpee. Evaul could not say how long the boy was in the water or whether he was conscious when his father pulled him out. The child was not identified. The Mashpee police harbor patrol unit brought the boy to the mainland, and he was taken to Falmouth Hospital before being transferred by MedFlight to Children’s Hospital Boston, Evaul said. The boy’s condition was not known yesterday.
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