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2 ice fishermen rescued from icy Foxborough reservoir

Two Foxborough firefighters ventured onto thin ice this weekend to rescue two ice fishermen who had fallen into the dangerously frigid water.

Firefighters received a call about 3:50 p.m. Sunday, reporting two men who had fallen through the ice into the water at the Neponset Reservoir, said Fire Captain Thomas Buckley.

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“I don’t know what they were doing out on the ice,” said Buckley. “They were only 40 feet from open water. It’s not safe.”

The 41-year-old and 60-year-old, whose names were not released, had been in the water for about 15 minutes, said Buckley.

Two firefighters went onto the ice in rescue suits and hoisted the men out of the water, said Buckley.

“The 41-year-old was in the most distress,” said Buckley. “He was up to his neck in icy water, gripping onto the ice to hold himself up.”

He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital by helicopter. His body temperature had dropped to 84 degrees, said Buckley. The other man was taken to a hospital as well.

Both are in stable condition, said Buckley.

A female friend of the pair tried to pull them out before firefighters arrived, but wound up in the water as well, said Buckley. She was able to pull herself out and declined medical attention.

Buckley said he wanted to remind people that walking onto the ice is dangerous.

“Please just don’t do it. Don’t walk on the ice," said Buckley. “It’s March.”

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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