2 turtle hunters pulled from Passaic River

February 3, 2013 1:18:42 PM PST
Two turtle hunters were hospitalized after they fell through the ice in a secluded area of the Passaic River.

Authorities say a 30-year-old woman called 911 around 8:15 p.m. Saturday to report her 37-year-old boyfriend was in the water. The woman then apparently tried to help him and ended up in the water herself.

Rescue crews soon arrived and had to paddle against the current and cut down trees with chainsaws to reach the couple, who were holding on to a tree. Both victims were suffering from extreme hypothermia when they were pulled from the water around 9:15 p.m., but they were treated at a hospital and released on Sunday.

Four firefighters were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Authorities didn't know why the pair were looking for turtles.

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