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Dealer lends a hand for angler in a wreck

An Alabama boat dealer saved the day for a Massachusetts angler far from home who suddenly found himself without his boat, which he needed to compete in a tournament this weekend.

Sheron Brown, who is in Decatur, Ala. preparing for the FLW American Fishing Series tournament, had a wreck early Wednesday morning that destroyed his boat, the Decatur Daily newspaper reported. If he didn't have a boat before registration, he and his co-angler would not be allowed to compete.

Fredricks Marine, a new boat store in Priceville, is loaning Brown a Ranger bass boat for the tournament.

"This state is wonderful," Brown told the newspaper. "The people are wonderful here."

As a fellow fisherman, Fredricks general manager Ken Chambers said he felt compassion for the visiting angler's predicament.

"I feel for the guy," Chambers told the newspaper. "I just put myself in his shoes. What would I feel like if I were that far away from home and lost my boat? I'm just glad I'm able to help out."