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A kiteboarder rides away after assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in a rescue near the South Pier in St. Joseph on Wednesday.

ST. JOSEPH — A four-letter word crossed Joe Fenner’s mind when he saw what he thought was a head in the water while kiteboarding last Wednesday.

Fenner, a Buchanan resident, was right. A 17-year-old from Bangor had been swept off South Pier in St. Joseph while walking on it with his friends. Those friends threw him a life ring.

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