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Mass. triathlon rescue boat swamped

May 10, 2010

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ASHLAND, Mass.—Firefighters operating a boat rescuing swimmers competing in a triathlon had themselves to be rescued when their vessel was overcome with distressed athletes.

Ashland fire officials tell The MetroWest Daily News that the swimmers participating in the New England Season Opener triathlon in Hopkinton State Park on Sunday had to deal with high winds, choppy waters and cold temperatures. Several asked to be pulled from the water.

Authorities say two firefighters in a 17-foot boat were picking up swimmers and making their way to shore when more swimmers began climbing aboard, swamping the vessel.

Another rescue boat come to the aid of the athletes and firefighters. No one was hurt.

The swimming leg of the event was eventually canceled.

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Information from: MetroWest Daily News, http://www.metrowestdailynews.com

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