Surry family rescued after canoe capsizes

Posted Aug. 08, 2010, at 9:41 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

A Surry family was rescued from the shore of the Pleasant River on Saturday night after their canoe capsized and they used a cell phone to call for help, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Jesse and Alicia Collins, both 29, and their 6-year-old and 6-month-old sons, were on a daylong canoe trip when the canoe capsized and separated from them. Jesse Collins called for help at 7:05 p.m.

Jesse Collins stated that they had left a vehicle along the Pleasant River off Ell Meadow Road in Columbia and had launched their canoe somewhere along the Schoodic Road in T18 MD, according to Maine Warden Service Sgt. Ralph Hosford.

GPS data collected from the phone call were used to pinpoint the location, according to Hosford.

Sgt. Hosford and Wardens David Simmons, David Georgia and Bayley Grant canoed from two locations to search for the family: One canoe paddled north from the family’s vehicle at their planned takeout point and another canoe paddled south from an area north of the GPS coordinates.

Wardens Grant and Georgia established voice contact with the family around 11:30 p.m. and found them on land, huddled under their canoe and suffering from hypothermia. The temperature dropped into the 40s during the night.

Alicia Collins and her 6-year-old son were not capable of walking to the canoe due to hypothermia. The wardens carried the family to their canoe and made the decision to paddle farther north to a known camp where they started a fire and wrapped the family in blankets and sleeping bags.

Warden David Simmons met the group at the camp around 1:45 a.m. and everyone settled in for the night, according to the warden service press release.

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