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Eagle Bay- An off-duty Utica Firefighter is one of several who came to the rescue of a man who suffered an apparent medical condition with a little girl in the Adirondacks Wednesday afternoon.

Police Chief Ronald Johnston told reporters from WKTV that Jack Canning, 37, of Framingham, MA was carrying a 3-year-old girl in the waters of Fourth Lake in Eagle Bay, NY. Witnesses in the area reportedly observed Canning collapse suddenly, going down in the water and taking the little girl with him. Authorities say Canning suffered what was possibly a medical condition.

Nearby boaters quickly rushed to the scene and came to the rescue. The girl was saved from the water and medical officials said she was without injury. However, when the nearby boaters retrieved Canning, they said he was unconscious. CPR efforts were used to revive Canning, who was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.

Chief Johnston last told reporters that Canning was in stable condition. Chief Johnston concluded his comments by emphasizing that if it weren’t for the nearby boaters, it is very likely that both Canning and the little girl would have lost their lives.

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