WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) -- A man was pulled out of the icy waters near Oakland Beach early Sunday morning.
He was rescued near the marinas on Seminole Street and taken to Kent Hospital with hypothermia.
"I heard the words, ‘Help, help,’" said Tate Tetreault.
Neighbors said the man saved is in his 70s. He had fallen into the icy cold water, and was heard yelling for help in the middle of the darkness.
"My adrenaline was very high. I just knew I needed to get him out of the water," said Tetreault.
Tetreault said the man was holding onto the dock for dear life and could have slipped any moment.
"The water was freezing," said Tetreault.
It happened before 2 a.m. Sunday when Tetreault came to the rescue, and just in time.
"I just knew I had to get him out of the water," said Tetreault.
Tetreault used all his energy to pull the man, who neighbors say is a man named "Bob," out of the water.
"He couldn't stand. He couldn't. His legs -- he couldn't at that point he was so frozen," said Tetreault.
Bob kept repeating he was freezing, absolutely freezing.
"Somebody needs help, you help them out," said Tetreault.
Tetreault said Bob is the owner marina dock area in Warwick, but he wasn't sure how Bob got stuck, and for at least an hour.
"I'm lucky that I could assist him out of the water," said Tetreault.
Bob is lucky too.
Yet Tetreault is a humble hero, never saying directly that he was the one who saved Bob’s life.
"I think if he stayed in the water it could have cost him his life. I don't know. All I know is that I had to do what I had to do to get him out," said Tetreault.
Warwick firefighters said the man was in the water for about 90 minutes.
Authorities have not released the man’s name or his condition.