Coast Guard Rescues 4 Paddlers

BOSTON – The Coast Guard rescued four paddlers who’s canoes capsized in the Merrimack River around 6:50 p.m. today.

Coast Guard Station Merrimack River was called around 6:45 p.m. reporting four boaters struggling in the current near the Joppa Flats.

One canoe capsized due to strong winds and both paddlers fell into the water. The second canoe, also containing two paddlers, flipped over as they tried to assist the first capsized canoe.

The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot response boat, arrived on-scene around 7 p.m. and pulled all four paddlers from the water.

None of the paddlers were wearing life jackets.

The boaters displayed signs of hypothermia so the boat crew transported them to EMS standing by at the station.

“We strongly urge all paddlers to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket and be aware of changing weather conditions when planning to be out on the water,” said Petty Officer Michael Barker, who responded to the call.

The water temperature was about 64 degrees Fahrenheit with winds gusting to 20 miles-per-hour and seas around one foot.

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