2 girls OK after wind flips sailboat in lake

Posted July 27, 2010, at 8:08 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Two girls who whose small sailboat flipped over Tuesday morning on Moosehead Lake were towed back to shore by a state game warden.

The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. near Lily Bay State Park, more specifically off McCuller Island, which is just south of Sugar Island, according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The incident occurred when a gust of wind caused the girls’ sailboat to turn over, dumping them into the lake, she said.

Though the girls’ father was nearby, a person who saw the boat flip called the warden service in the event that the two might need assistance, Turcotte said. In the meantime, the girls’ father gathered up their gear and the girls were able to get back onto the sailboat.

Warden Mike Favreau, who arrived afterward, then towed the sailboat back to shore.

Turcotte said the water temperature at the time was 70 degrees and that both girls were wearing life jackets. Their names were not available Tuesday.

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