Fisherman reunites with firefighter that rescued him from Connecticut River


An Enfield fisherman was reunited Monday with the firefighters that rescued him from the Connecticut River last week.

John Caldwell said he took out his kayak last Saturday to go fishing when his anchor got caught on the side and tipped him over.

Caldwell said he knew he didn’t have a lot of time. The water temperature was barely above freezing.

“I tried to flip it but I saw it was filled with water, I saw a lot of people in YouTube, people struggle to get back in, so I knew to abandon my stuff and try to survive,” said John Caldwell of Enfield.

“It’s something that we train to do, he’s not the first individual to be trapped on that island, we’ve been out there a couple times. Again, people just need to be aware of their surroundings,” said Lt. Edward Shirley of the Enfield Fire Department.

Caldwell swam to a nearby small island where he was rescued by the Enfield Fire Department.

Enfield Fire Lt. Edward Shirley received a letter of commendation for operating the hovercraft that rescued Caldwell from the island.

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