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The Coast Guard says a man picked an unusual place to take a dip this morning: the middle of Boston Harbor near Rowes Wharf downtown.

Someone reported at about 9:15 a.m. that the man had jumped from the wharf and was swimming north toward the federal courthouse, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Two 25-foot response boats converged on the intrepid swimmer and he was asked to get out of the water in the high-traffic area, which is plied by large passenger ferries.

Video provided by the Coast Guard showed the man alone in a large expanse of water when the boats approached him from two different directions.

"It's not an ideal place for a morning swim," said Petty Officer First Class Jason Thorne, a watchstander in the service's Boston headquarters. "It was important for us to get him out and back to the dock."

The man was not injured. With the holiday weekend approaching, Thorne reminded everyone on and near the water that they should exercise safety and vigilance.
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