- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Volunteer firefighters in Wethersfield rescued a woman and three children from the chilly waters of the Connecticut River after their canoe capsized.

Fire Capt. James Ritter says dispatchers were alerted to the overturned canoe around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s unclear if the group was wearing life jackets.

Emergency crews arrived to find the three children along the banks of the Glastonbury side of the river and the woman still in the water. After she was pulled, the four victims were transported to area hospitals to be evaluated for potential hypothermia.

Ritter says a fast response time is essential in situations that deal with frigid water temperatures.

The incident comes just days after the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued a cold water warning.

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