May 27, 2018
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Two safe after boat capsizes on Toddy Pond

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

ORLAND, Maine — Two men were cold and tired, but unharmed Thursday afternoon after their boat capsized on Toddy Pond.

Rescue crews were alerted at about 4:30 p.m. that the two men, whose identities were not immediately available, were in the water near Long Point on Toddy Pond and were calling for help. First Capt. Jeff Newbegin of the Orland Fire Department said the men had left the Balsam Cove Camp Ground, where they were staying, in a 12-foot aluminum boat with a small outboard motor.

“The wind picked up, and it got pretty choppy out there,” Newbegin said.

The boat flipped, and the two men were dumped into the 57 degree water. They were in the water for nearly an hour, according to one estimate, hanging onto the boat that was filled with water but still afloat, Newbegin said.

At least one of the men was wearing a life jacket. Rescuers found another life jacket floating on the pond.

The fire department got a boat in the water, and officers from the Maine Warden Service and the Maine State Police also went to the scene.

But another boater who spotted the two men in the water got them into his boat first. He also towed the other boat back to the campground, Newbegin said.

Neither of the men was injured in the accident.

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