US fish­er­men res­cued on Lake Mas­saw­ippi

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEF - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Mike McKenna RIPI North Hat­ley

LastSatur­day North Hat­ley fire depart­ment was busy re­spond­ing to two calls within three min­utes. The first was for a res­i­den­tial fire and the sec­ond was for a wa­ter res­cue on Lake Mas­saw­ippi. Two teams were dis­patched. The first team re­spond­ing to the fire call dis­cov­ered that it was a false alarm caused by burnt cook­ies. How­ever the sec­ond team pro­ceeded to re­cover two fish­er­men from New Hamp­shire cling­ing to an over­turned boat in the lake. Dis­tance from shore and very cold wa­ter tem­per­a­tures placed the fish­er­men in a very dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion. How­ever both fish­er­men were res­cued suc­cess­fully. The only ca­su­alty of the day was the cook­ies. This happy end­ing was en­tirely due to the fact that they were wear­ing their life jack­ets, as their wives had told them. It was a long win­ter and has been a very wet spring, shortly many of us will be out and about around the on the wa­ter. Mishaps will hap­pen but with the right equip­ment used prop­erly, lis­ten­ing to our wives and a lit­tle luck per­haps we will have a sum­mer with noth­ing but happy end­ings.

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