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Two Ice Fishermen Rescued from Belchertown Lake


BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WGGB) — Two fisherman and a firefighter are in the hospital after a rescue Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called out to the area of Metacomet Lake around 1:15 Monday afternoon.

Belchertown fire officials say that two men were on the ice fishing when they went through the ice. A third person that was also finishing did not fall in and was able to make it safely to shore.

Two Belchertown police officers arrived and grabbed a canoe and headed out onto the ice to keep the men afloat.

A Belchertown firefighter, donning a wet suit, went into the water, reached the men, and tied a rescue line around them while members of the Belchertown Police and Fire Departments, and Mass. State Police helped pull everyone back to the shore.

Mutual aid was called in from Amherst Fire and Granby Fire to assist in the rescue.

All the fishermen, including the one that made it shore, are being treated at a nearby hospital. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

A firefighter was also taken to the hospital as a precaution due to how long they were in the water.

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