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Police boat comes to rescue of stranded groom

Patrick Mahoney, Hannah Crawford and Boston police officer Joe Matthews (Boston Police Dept/AP)
Patrick Mahoney, Hannah Crawford and Boston police officer Joe Matthews (Boston Police Dept/AP)

Officers with the Boston police department’s harbour patrol unit are used to helping boaters in distress, but last weekend officer Joe Matthews came to the rescue of a groom in danger of missing his own wedding.

Patrick Mahoney was due to get married on Thompson Island in the middle of Boston Harbour, in the US, on Saturday, but the boat that was supposed to ferry him to the island where his bride-to-be was already waiting broke down, police said.

It gets worse. The groomsmen, photographer, DJ and floral arrangements were also stuck on the mainland.

Enter Joe Matthews, who transported more than a dozen people to the island on his police boat so Mr Mahoney’s marriage to Hannah Crawford could go ahead as scheduled.

“They were there very quickly to get my groomsmen and all of our vendors out here to the island and kind of save the day,” Mr Mahoney told The Boston Globe.

Mr Matthews was only too happy to help.

“It was good to get a nice call for a change and help people out,” he said.

“They seemed happy, and we were happy we could do it. It all worked out.”