Massachusetts hunter, mom rescued from river

November 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM

BOLTON, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a Massachusetts hunter and his mother had to be rescued from the Stow River after the hunter got swept away trying to rescue his dog from the fast-moving water. 

Police Chief Vincent Alfano says rescue personnel responded to the Bolton Flats conservation area at 7:50 a.m. on Thursday in response to calls of two people in the river. 

He tells The Telegram & Gazette ( the hunter apparently got into trouble trying to rescue his golden retriever. The hunter walked into the river and unexpectedly got swept away. 

The hunter called his mother, who lived nearby, but she also got caught in the current while attempting a rescue. 

Other hunters heard cries for help and got the pair. 

Their names were not released. The dog was OK.