FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE CAPSIZED BOATERS IN MOULTONBOROUGH

by Christian Mower on April 29, 2012

THE CHIEF OF THE MOULTONBOROUGH FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT SAYS TWO PEOPLE WERE TREATED FOR EXPOSURE SATURDAY MORNING (APRIL 28) AFTER THEIR CANOE OVERTURNED ON WAKONDAH POND.

DAVID BENGTSON SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT RESPONDED WITH CENTER HARBOR FIREFIGHTERS TO 81 HEATHERWOOD DRIVE AROUND 10 A.M. AFTER GETTING A REPORT A PERSON IN A KAYAK HAD FLIPPED OVER.

THE CHIEF SAYS WATER CONDITIONS ON THE POND WERE ROUGH WITH WHITE CAPS AND ONE TO TWO FOOT WAVES.

FIREFIGHTERS DISCOVERED THE KAYAKER HAD SELF RESCUED, BUT TWO OTHER PEOPLE FROM A CANOE HAD FLIPPED AND WERE IN THE WATER ABOUT 150 FEET FROM THE SHORE.

FIREFIGHTERS USED BOATS TO GET TO THE CANOEISTS AND ENTERED THE WATER WEARING COLD WATER SUITS TO RESCUE THEM.

THE CHIEF SAYS THE BOATERS WERE WEARING LIFE JACKETS, WHICH WAS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT SINCE THE WATER TEMPERATURE WAS ABOUT 45 DEGREES.