SCHOODIC LAKE, Maine — Three people escaped with their lives Wednesday after their boat capsized during heavy thunderstorms, officials said.
George Tucker, 75, his wife Beverly, 68, and Charles Jenkins, 77, all of Medford were out for a ride on Schoodic Lake in a 12-foot aluminum boat when the storm hit, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.
The storms produced high winds, heavy rain and lightning.
The trio were a mile from any shoreline and two miles north of the Lakeview Boat Landing around 5 p.m. when their boat became filled with water and capsized, MacDonald said. All three were wearing lifejackets and were able to stay with the boat as it drifted for two and a half hours.
Shortly before 7:30 p.m., a pair of bear hunters, Rick Seavey of Sanford and Mark Aventzen of Pennsylvania, had pulled over on the Schoodic Lake railroad bed to change a flat tire when he heard the trio’s cries for help, MacDonald explained.
The hunters called 911, and Milo rescue personnel responded, along with Warden Dan Carroll, MacDonald said. As the boat drifted closer to shore, the Tuckers chose to swim to shore while Jenkins remained with the boat.
The couple made it back to land safely while the Milo Fire Boat rescued Jenkins, the corporal said. Jenkins was treated and released at the scene while the Tuckers were treated for hypothermia at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft.
MacDonald noted that wearing life jackets likely saved the trio’s lives.