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Two Taken to Hospital after Boat Capsizes on Connecticut River


CHICOPEE/HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Emergency crews were called to the Conn. River Friday afternoon for a report of a boat capsized and people in the water.

The call came in around 5:00 p.m.

Holyoke Fire Lt. Thomas Paquin says that firefighters launched a boat onto the river near the I-391 overpass but it was not needed.

Crew boats from Jones Ferry Marina were out on the river when one of them tipped over.

Five people – including an instructor and four students – ended up in the water as a result.  They were all wearing life jackets.

That’s when another crew boat came by and picked them all up getting them out of the water.

When they arrived on shore, Paquin says they were checked over by paramedics.  Two were transported to the hospital to be evaluated.

“They were cold and wet, but okay,” explains Paquin.

The school or organization the crew boats are with is unknown at this time.

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