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Boy Rescued From Bridges Pond

12:00AM / Thursday, May 11, 2006

Williamstown - A 16-year-old youth was pulled from Bridges Pond during a May 11 rescue launched after a canoe capsized and dumped the boy and his male companion, a 16-year-old cousin, into the water.

The two boys, whose names are not being released by police, were fishing from the pond's shore when they discovered a canoe. The youths decided to use the boat to venture onto the pond and fish from that vantage point, police said.

However, the canoe flipped over, and only one of the two youths was able to swim, police said. The youth who was unable to swim clung to the upside-down canoe and remained afloat while the cousin swam to shore and alerted a nearby resident to the situation. Town police and firefighters and the Village Ambulance Service were called at 1:32 p.m., police said.

Neither boy wore a life-jacket while in the canoe.

Firefighters borrowed a boat from another area resident, traveled along the pond to the youth, and brought him to safety. Both youths were taken to the North Adams Regional Hospital, where they were treated and released. According to police, while at the scene, the youths appeared uninjured and were "in good spirits."

Police contacted the youths' parents and arranged for them to meet their sons at the hospital.
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