BOLTON — A hunter and his mother were rescued from the Stow River
in the Bolton Flats this morning, after the hunter got swept away
trying to rescue his dog from the fast-moving water.
Bolton Police Chief Vincent C. Alfano said police and Bolton fire
and rescue personnel responded to the Bolton Flats conservation area
at 7:50 a.m. after a group of hunters called to report two people in
The hunter apparently got into trouble while attempting to pull
his golden retriever from the water. The hunter walked into the
river and unexpectedly encountered a steep drop-off. He got swept
away in the current.
The hunter was somehow able to access his cell phone. He called
his mother, who lives nearby, and she soon arrived on the scene. Her
rescue attempt went awry, and she also got caught in the current.
Other hunters in the area heard the two yelling for help. They
were able to pull the pair from the water.
The hunter and his mother - who have not been publicly identified
by police - were taken to Clinton Hospital. They were not seriously
“The dog was fine; he swam out,” Chief Alfano said.
“We tell people never to go after their dog when they go in the
water,” Chief Alfano. “They are usually able to swim out.”
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