CHARLOTTE, Maine — A 10-year-old boy was rescued from Washington County’s Round Lake Sunday afternoon after a canoe he was playing in slipped away from a dock, leaving him adrift without a paddle or a life jacket.
According to Charlotte Fire Chief Danna Hatton, a neighbor became aware of the situation and called 911 just before 1 p.m.
“He was out a good ways, and it appears he got excited and jumped out, which upset the canoe,” Hatton said. “He is a strong swimmer, but he couldn’t swim ashore, as the wind may have been against him. So he treaded water and floated while his mother and stepfather watched from shore.”
A rescue boat shared by Charlotte Fire & Rescue and the Meddybemps Fire Department was rushed to the scene from Meddybemps, a distance of about 10 miles. Charlotte Assistant Fire Chief Vince Day and Capt. George Cross launched the boat and fished the boy from the pond.
Hatton said the boy was in the water for about 20 minutes before being rescued.
Once on shore, the boy was examined by paramedics and was found to be uninjured.