High tide blamed for canoes found in Belfast, Frankfort

Posted Jan. 11, 2013, at 6:33 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Reports of overturned canoes spotted near the U.S. Route 1 bridge in Belfast and Frankfort in the Marsh Stream tidal basin off Route 1A sent public safety crews scrambling Friday, but in both cases, no one ended up in the cold water.

Belfast Police Chief Michael McFadden speculated Friday afternoon that high winds Thursday and unusually high tides Thursday and Friday probably dislodged the boats from the shore, setting them adrift.

The Frankfort Fire Department and a Waldo County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to the report of the overturned canoe in Frankfort late Friday morning, but did not find anyone in need of help. In fact, a Waldo County dispatcher said some flotsam may have been mistaken for a canoe.

The Coast Guard received a report of someone in the water near the Belfast bridge, a call that seemed to have been prompted by the sight of another overturned canoe.

A high tide of 12.9 feet was predicted for 9:55 a.m. in Belfast. The high tide on Jan. 1, for example, was 10 feet.