Malone is in critical condition as his family praises the rescuers for giving Sean "a chance"

By Tara Fowler
Updated July 21, 2015 10:25 AM
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Three teens and an off-duty firefighter are being praised for their heroics after rescuing a local actor from drowning in the waters off the M Street Beach in South Boston on Monday afternoon.

Sean Malone, the brother of Deputy Fire Chief Scott Malone and an actor who appeared in The Fighter and Gone Baby Gone, is in critical condition after swimming out too far from shore, WCVB reports.

Firefighter Chris Flaherty of Boston, who was working out with other firefighters on the beach, watched Malone swim too far away and preemptively grabbed a paddleboard to go out and rescue him, according to The Boston Globe.

When he got out there, he couldn’t find Malone. That’s when three teens – 17-year-old Joey Binda, 18-year-old John Feeney, and 17-year-old Elliott Chauvet – passing by on a powerboat spotted Flaherty and stopped to help him.

Together, they located Malone, who was floating unconscious in the water farther out. Flaherty pulled him onto the boat, directing the teens to “get him to shore as fast as you can.”

Once on dry land, Malone was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition as of Monday evening.

Binda told The Globe that he’s proud of his part in saving Malone’s life. “I’m really glad that nobody panicked. I’m just glad we got to rescue him. It brought me and my friends a lot closer.”

He added: “It’s kind of awesome that we saved a guy’s life.”

Malone’s family is thankful for the quick action of Flaherty and the teens as well.

“Sean’s family just wanted to pass on that they’re grateful for the work everyone has done so far to give Sean a chance, and they’re praying for the best,” Steve MacDonald, Boston Fire Department spokesman, told the Globe.

Malone played small roles in several movies based in Boston, including: Skinny Ray Likanski in 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, Wolfie in 2010’s The Fighter and Finn in 2014’s The Forger with John Travolta.