Crews Responded to Boater in Distress on Connecticut River

Emergency crews responded to the Connecticut River in South Windsor early this morning after a boat got stuck in a sandbar.

Emergency crews received a call for a boater in distress at 1 a.m. and they found the missing boater, but couldn't get to him because of sandbars in the river.

"Trying to get to him was a challenge because of the sandbar, so we actually had to deploy a smaller boat, a Zodiac, and put one of our firefighters in a cold water suit to actually be able to get to him and get him in a boat." Deputy Chief John Hofmann, of the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, said.

Officials believe the boater was trying to free the boat and did not fall in the water. They said he was able to walk out on his own.

He was evaluated in an ambulance, but was not transported to the hospital.

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