Fishermen rescued from Housatonic River in New Milford

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A file photo of the Housatonic River in New Milford, Conn.

A file photo of the Housatonic River in New Milford, Conn.

Hearst Connecticut Media file photo

NEW MILFORD — Fire officials are urging residents not to swim or fish near the Bleachery Dam after crews rescued two fishermen after their boat capsized over the weekend.

At 11:35 a.m. Sunday, fire crews from the Water Witch Hose Company No. 2 responded to the Housatonic River in the area of the Bleachery Dam for a report of an overturned boat with at least two people still in the water.

The first arriving fire unit found two fishermen clinging to a capsized boat, just outside of the dam’s backwash, fire officials said.

The company’s zodiac was deployed and the crew rescued the two fishermen from the water by 11:45 a.m. A third person was pulled from the water by a private vessel.

Officials said there were no injuries.

“We cannot stress enough the dangers that lie beneath the surface of this seemingly calm dam, the backwash has an unpredictable current and will trap even the strongest of swimmers,” fire officials said. “This is not a recreation area, it is not a good fishing spot, the dam should never be approached from upstream, downstream, or either shore.”