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Boater rescued after capsizing in midcoast Maine lake

Courtesy of Jefferson Fire and R
Courtesy of Jefferson Fire and R
Jefferson Fire and Rescue personnel respond to an incident on Damariscotta Lake the morning of Monday, April 22. A fishing boat capsized and a nearby fisherman rescued the male occupant.

A fishing boat capsized on Damariscotta Lake, and another fisherman rescued the sole occupant, who was taken to the hospital Monday morning.

David Drever, 80, fell into the lake when his boat capsized, according to CBS affiliate WGME.

According to Jefferson Fire Chief Walter Morris, first responders met the fishermen at a private boat landing by Jefferson Market, helped Drever into the back of the department’s rescue vehicle, and helped him dry off and warm up.

Waldoboro Emergency Medical Services took Drever to the hospital, Morris said. Jefferson Fire and Rescue used its rescue boat to recover the capsized fishing boat, which had drifted out into the lake. They brought the boat back to the landing, where it was placed back on its trailer.

David Reiss of Westport Island, who was fishing in a bass boat, discovered Drever about 20 yards from the capsized boat, pulled him on board his own boat, and called Joe Holland of Jefferson to meet him at the boat landing, according to Jefferson Fire and Rescue.

“Together, they warmed up the exhausted patient until Jefferson units and the Waldoboro medic unit arrived to transport the patient to the hospital,” according to a post on the Jefferson Fire and Rescue Facebook page.

According to Morris, Jefferson firefighters and first responders coordinated their recovery efforts with the Maine Warden Service, and a game warden responded to the scene.

Morris said Jefferson Fire and Rescue was dispatched by Lincoln County Communications shortly after 11 a.m.



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