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Champion swimmer rescues young boy, man from sinking boat in Morris County

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A woman's heroic rescue to save a young boy and man from a sinking boat in New Jersey is showing just how big of a heart she has.

KINNELON, New Jersey (WABC) -- A woman's heroic rescue to save a young boy and man from a sinking boat in New Jersey is showing just how big of a heart she has. It was Easter Sunday, and Jennifer Watson's dogs, Peanut and Georgia, were outside and would not stop barking. "I saw like a boat, like in the middle -- and it was like 3/4 of the way underwater," Fayson Lakes resident Jennifer Watson said. Two men and a child were in a panic on the lake.

Watson has been a champion swimmer since the age of five. "I swam out to them and I grabbed the 3-year-old boy and swam back to shore," Watson said. Her neighbors on the lake are not surprised at all that Watson didn't hesitate to jump in. "Not at all, Jen is a very selfless person, she's been helping her mom since she was a teenager," neighbor Colleen Lazarus said. And there is so much more to Watson's heart. She was born the year after her mother Lynne's diagnosis of MS. Lynne Watson took her last step November 1, 2011, and her daughter stepped in. "Jennifer is the most wonderful, generous, compassionate, kind," Lynne Watson said. Jennifer is selfless indeed, in helping strangers in need and her mother, balancing both home and future. "Since she was about 14, she's been the primary caregiver for her mom," Lazurus said.

"Jen had an opportunity to go away to school, but she chose to stay home and help her mom. "Their neighbors are hoping that a GoFundme page will make sure that the Watsons will not have to struggle, and hope that it will provide some support, like hiring home healthcare so that Jennifer Watson can have more time for her classes. "She's just so awesome," Lynne Watson said. ALSO TRENDING | Video: Golden retriever steals news reporter's microphone on live TV----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New Jersey news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip

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