Two Maine men rescued after canoe tips in lake

Posted Oct. 28, 2010, at 7:38 a.m.

RANGELEY, Maine — Maine rescue workers say two men who spent 45 minutes in 45 degree water in Rangeley Lake are fortunate their calls for help were heard.

Officials say that when 25-year-old Richard MacKenna of Wells and 24-year-old Ian Efsathiou of Ogunquit set out in their canoe on Tuesday the weather was calm. But winds came up quickly, overturning their canoe.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rangeley Fire and Rescue received a call from a person on Route 17 in Oquossoc saying there were people in the water, their canoe was sinking and they were yelling for help.

Rangeley Fire Chief Rudy Davis says the two could hardly use their hands when they were pulled from the water.

The men were in the 45-degree water for about 45 minutes, Davis said. They could hardly use their hands as hypothermia started to set in, he said.

“If they had been in the water much longer, it would have been a different outcome,” he said. Davis says there aren’t many people on the lake at this time of year.

Davis tells the Sun Journal of Lewiston the two survived because they were wearing life jackets.

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