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Angler from capsized boat pulled from Niagara River by other boaters

Two Port Colborne residents fishing off of Fort Erie fell into the frigid Niagara River when their boat capsized Saturday, Niagara Regional Police reported.

One man swam to shore while the other was rescued by a father and son fishing on another boat who were notified by a witness, sped to the scene and pulled the man into their boat.

Fort Erie fire officials told the Niagara Falls Review the victims were apparently drift fishing with their anchor out to slow them down when the anchor got caught and flipped the boat over around 3:24 p.m.

The Good Samaritans – Kevin Brochu and his father Rick, of Welland – told the paper they heard someone yelling from shore about the calamity, pulled up their anchor and motored to the scene, where they pulled the man from the water.

Both victims were treated by paramedics at the scene and then transported to hospitals suffering from hypothermia, but were expected to make a full recovery, police said.