Fryeburg, Maine Police say a 50-year-old Maine man was rescued from the Saco River Sunday afternoon and treated for hypothermia after he fell into the frigid water.
Acting Chief Sgt. Josh Potvin says his officers, Fryeburg Fire and Fryeburg Rescue responded to the river in the area of Mile 15 shortly after 3 p.m. and deployed a boat at Lovewell Pond Landing, rescuing an unidentified man from Cape Neddick.
The man had been paddling with about a dozen other men and drinking alcohol over the weekend when his group ran into a sudden hailstorm on the river that flipped a canoe.
The victim told rescuers he almost drowned after swallowing a lot of water and becoming extremely tired from trying to fight the current.
Potvin says the man is extremely fortunate he wasn’t seriously hurt.
The chief says it’s the first water rescue call of the boating season and he’s please with the collaborative effort of the rescuers.
He says he expects a busy season on the Saco and reminds everyone enjoying the river that “consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can make for extremely unsafe conditions and poor decision making.”