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UPDATE: Two duck hunters dead, one hospitalized after being pulled from water

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Dee DeQuattro


Three duck hunters were pulled from the freezing cold waters off the coast of Westport after their boat capsized.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office two of the men were pronounced deceased on scene, the other man was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital. He is currently being treated for hypothermia and his condition is unknown.

The incident does not appear to be suspicious, however, State Troopers along with other agencies are investigating.

The two deceased victims have been identified as Steven James, 53, of Marshfield, and Robert Becher, 55, of Cromwell, CT.  

The surviving victim has been identified as Gregg Angell, 51, of  Westport. Angell is still in the hospital but is expected to survive.

A coast guard helicopter located two of the hunters a half of a mile from the overturned boat around 10:30 a.m. the third was found around 11:05 a.m.

The boat was reported overturned at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

"It's tragic that this case resulted in two lives lost, and it is nothing short of miraculous that one hunter was saved," said Lt. Bryan Swintek, the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England public affairs officer. "It took teamwork between the Coast Guard rescue crews and our interagency partners to get him to safety."

At the time of the rescue the air temperature was eight degrees and the water temperature was 35 degrees.

Watch U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

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