Saco firefighters rescued a local man they found clinging to his boat after it capsized Sunday afternoon at the mouth of the Saco River.

Capt. Marc Paquette credited a quick response by Saco Fire Department Lt. Joe Carroll and firefighter Steve Mercier for a safe rescue.

“They did an outstanding job of getting there as quickly as they did,” he said.

Paquette did not know the name of the boater, but the Coast Guard station in South Portland identified him as Tim Harder of Saco.

Paquette said the Saco Fire Department was notified around 2 p.m. about a boater in distress who had been making his way to shore.

Paquette said the boat’s motor became disabled, leaving the man stranded in the river, near Ram Island. A wave capsized the 17-foot boat, but Harder, who was not wearing a life preserver, was able to hold onto the boat until a Zodiac rescue boat operated by Carroll and Mercier arrived and transported him to shore.

Harder was examined but did not need to be hospitalized.