15 people rescued from Saco River

Posted July 29, 2014, at 7:58 a.m.

FRYEBURG, Maine — Fifteen people were brought to safety after an early morning rescue along the Saco River in Fryeburg.

Fryeburg police said the large group, which included a 12-year-old child, was on an overnight canoeing and camping trip along the river. Late Monday night, the river swelled two feet in just 10 minutes. One of the canoes capsized, leaving the group stranded in a part of the river that is not easily accessible by land.

It took rescue crews four hours to bring them all to safety. Fryeburg’s acting police chief said the high water and thick early morning fog made for extremely unsafe conditions for all involved.

No one was hurt.

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