Fairfield Couple Helps Save Stranded Family of 5, Special Needs Man In Maine River

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FAIRFIELD -- A heroic Fairfield couple sprang into action during a water rescue while on vacation in Maine. Todd Buckley said he didn't hesitate to jump in the chilly river when he saw a boat flip over. On board were six people including three children and a man with special needs.

Just two days ago, Buckley and his fiance Deniz Burnham were wrapping up their trip visiting family by flying a sea plane on Maine's Androscoggin River.

While landing, Buckley and Burnham noticed a paddle boat that was sinking. The sea plane couldn't fit any more passengers so Buckley and Burnham asked for another boater nearby to help the man.

"The boat came back, hooked up to him, and that's when everything went terribly wrong," Buckley told FOX40.

The weight of the paddle boat ripped off the second boat's engine. Both boats capsized leaving a family of five and a man with special needs in the river.

Burnham called 911 but her fiancé couldn't wait for emergency crews to show up. "It was so important that the people got out of the water as quickly as possible because it was so cold," Burnham said.

In just one minute the boat went under. Buckley said he had no choice but to jump in the river. It was a team effort. With the help of Buckley, Burnham, another man on board the sinking boat and an instructor on the sea plane, all six made it out of the river safely.

The soon to be husband and wife say they're not heroes, they just did what they had to on that river.

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