Mother, 3 children rescued after boat capsizes in frigid water

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Wethersfield, CT (WFSB) — It was a scary moment for a woman and three children on the Connecticut River on Thursday.

All four were taken to area hospitals for evaluation after their boat capsized. They were just getting to the Putnam Bridge in Wethersfield when the boat flipped over.

“Even though spring is coming, the water is still cold. Hypothermia is a very real possibility, that’s why a quick and immediate response and getting the people out of the water and into a warm environment is very important,” said Wethersfield Fire Capt. James Ritter.

Thankfully, a Good Samaritan heard their pleas for help and called 911.

Somehow, according to investigators, the three children were able to make it to shore safely.

“Three people were transported to children’s hospital and a female was transported to another area hospital,” Ritter said.

All of them were alert and are being evaluated for hypothermia because of how cold the water is.

It’s unclear what caused their boat to capsize. However investigators believe Thursday’s windy weather may have been a factor.

“Water is very deceiving. People have to always be cautious and always take every possible precaution when they go out into the water,” Ritter said.

It is unclear if the four were wearing life jackets.

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