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Boater, emergency crews help bring 2 people to safety on Bantam Lake

BANTAM — A local boater and emergency crews helped bring two boaters to safety on Bantam Lake Wednesday.

Crews were called to the lake for reports of a person and vessel through the ice. Fire officials said one boater went through the ice, and the second bystander assisted in the rescue. The second bystander was identified as Scott Morris. Scott’s wife Kerri said the boater was in the water for 15-20 minutes.

When crews arrived, the parties were located between Deer Island and East Shore Rd.

Using the Morris Fire Department's Air Boat, the crew located the parties and brought them safely to shore and handed them over to Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance for evaluation.

Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department and Goshen Fire Company CT also responded.

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