Teen found after Coast Guard, other agencies search Lake Champlain

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Good Samaritan aboard a passing sailboat found an 18-year old girl struggling in the water during a search for her on Lake Champlain in Vermont, Wed., Aug. 25, 2010.

Found is: Anna Jeffken.

A 25-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Burlington, a Shelburne Fire Department marine unit, and Customs and Border Patrol began searching Lake Champlain from Appletree Bay to Juniper Island after Jeffken’s grandfather called the station around 12:30 p.m., reporting her missing.

The grandfather began to worry after she left his house at 6 a.m., in shorts and a sweatshirt but later found the clothes at the house and noticed a swimsuit was missing.

Relatives also found a journal entry the teen wrote stating she wanted to swim to the island from Appletree Bay, approximately a three-mile swim.

[amazon-product]1883789656[/amazon-product]The Good Samaritan aboard the sailboat saw Jeffken treading water and waving her hands to get his attention about two miles from Juniper Island near Long Rock Point.

She was transferred from the sailboat to the Coast Guard boat, taken back to the station where she evaluated by a local EMS crew and released. She is reported to be in good condition.

Jeffken was visiting her grandparents in Vermont and is from the Boston area.

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