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Pittsfield Fire Department rescues woman from frozen river

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. - At around 9:30 a.m., the Pittsfield Fire Department received a phone call stating that a woman had fallen into the frozen Housatonic River.

Two women had been walking along the bank of the river together with a dog, when the dog got loose and one of the women chased after, in an attempt to catch him.

The woman who was chasing after the dog ended up falling into the frozen river and becoming submerged about ¾ of the way in the water.

Due to the slope of the bank, she became stuck, clinging to the edges in order to remain above water.

Pittsfield Fire Department immediately deployed three engines and a command car toward her rescue effort.

The description of the woman's location was vague, but firefighters knew that her location along the river paralleled Holmes Road.

The woman had been in the water for roughly twenty minutes when Pittsfield firefighters located her.

One Pittsfield firefighter immediately put on an ice-rescue suit and got into the water to assist the woman out.

The woman was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, and Fire Captain Garner of the Pittsfield Fire Department said that he believed she would be okay.

The dog, who did not fall in the water, is ok and with its owners.

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