The Shelton (CT) Fire Department was dispatched to the Housatonic River in the area of the Sunnyside Boat Ramp for a reported overturned boat with parties in the frigid water. Units arrived on scene to find the two parties clinging to their overturned boat approximately 450 feet from shore. Before fireboat arrival, members from Echo Hose’s Squad 1 donned coldwater suits and commandeered a small boat from a neighbor’s yard. This was key in getting to the victims as soon as possible in the cold water and affecting the rescue of the two parties.

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