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Three men whose inflatable kayaks capsized in high winds were rescued after floating for 45 minutes in the frigid waters of Sabattus Pond on Tuesday.

Sabattus residents Corey Bouchard, 29, Cody McClain, 26, and Bouchard’s father, whose name was not immediately available, likely would have died had they not been wearing personal flotation devices, said Corporal John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.

“If you are out on the water this time of year, it’s imperative you wear your life jacket. Life jackets do save lives,” MacDonald said in a statement on Tuesday.

The three went kayaking on Sabattus Pond at around noon, with Bouchard and his father were in one kayak and McClain in another when the winds picked up and swamped both. The three men were thrown into the icy water, MacDonald said.

The Sabattus Fire Department rescued Bouchard and his father near the center of the pond. Game Wardens Cody Lounder and Harry Wiegman launched a watercraft from Martins Point on the east shore of the pond and located McClain floating near the center of the pond clinging to his paddle. The three men had been in the water for approximately 45 minutes. MacDonald said.

The three men were alert and conscious but showing signs of hypothermia when they were brought to shore. United Ambulance took the men to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, MacDonald said.