George Rizer for The Boston Globe
A grandmother and two small children were rescued this afternoon after their canoe overturned in the Taunton River in Middleborough, roughly half a mile from the Summer Street bridge, officials said.
Rescuers responded to a call of a capsized canoe at about 2 p.m., Fire Chief Lance Benjamino said. When they arrived, they were met by a woman who had just gotten out of the river. She said her mother and two small children needed to be rescued.
She told officials the children were both under 6 years old, Benjamino said. One of the children was hers, the woman said; it wasn't clear who the second child was, the chief said.
"I think she swam upstream, up the river, and made her way to the shoreline," Benjamino said.
The children and the grandmother were wearing flotation devices but were unable to make their way to the shore. Firefighters launched an airboat and found them in a swampy part of the river.
The rescue was completed in less than 16 minutes, Benjamino said.
All four victims were transported to Morton Hospital for evaluation for hypothermia, Benjamino said.
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