Couple Drowns Trying to Save Dog from Pond

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Loved ones embrace after a Massachusetts couple drowned while trying to save their terrier. The dog can be seen in the truck pictured above. (Photo Credit: WWLP News video still)


WESTFIELD, Mass. (CTNow) — A husband and wife drowned after they jumped out of their boat trying to save their dog at Hampton Ponds State Park Monday evening, police said.

Daniel Cyr, 63, and Patricia Cyr, 61, of Westfield, were both in the water when someone on a jet ski saw them and called police.

The couple had been in a pontoon boat when Daniel Cyr jumped into the water after their terrier in an apparent effort to save it, police said. His wife then jumped in to save her husband. Neither was wearing a lifejacket, and they both died, police said.

The dog was still alive and still in the water when authorities arrived around 6:18 p.m., and was taken an animal hospital.

The dog, which the couple got from a relative who breeds terriers, is now being cared for by members of the couple’s family, police said on Tuesday.