Western Mass Woman Saluted For Heroic Cape Act

A couple of bystanders saved a swimmer who nearly drowned at Dowses Beach in Osterville.

Barnstable Police received a 911 call on Friday about a swimmer in distress and when officers arrived, they found the 46-year-old had been rescued by two good Samaritans.

Thirty-three-year-old Frances Lonergan of Longmeadow heard the victim yelling, jumped into the channel and began pulling the victim to safety with the help of a vacationer from New York.

The rescued swimmer was conscious and alert when taken to Cape Cod Hospital. Police say the good Samaritans' actions exemplified true bravery and compassion.

(Barnstable Police Photo)

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