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PHOTOS: Men Decline Medical Treatment After Canoe Flips in Silver Lake

Both individuals were placed into an ambulance shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday.

A pair of canoers are rescued from Silver Lake by the Wilmington Fire Department. (Photo: JoAnne Surawski McRae)
A pair of canoers are rescued from Silver Lake by the Wilmington Fire Department. (Photo: JoAnne Surawski McRae)

Written by Matt Schooley

A pair of men were pulled from Silver Lake on Saturday night after their canoe tipped over.

Wilmington Fire Lt. Chris Pozzi said two men were canoeing on Silver Lake about 75 yards from Main Street when their canoe flipped at about 5:45 p.m.

Pozzi said that by the time first responders were about halfway to the scene, kayakers on the lake had made their way to the two men to help them stabilize themselves until a rescue could be made. 

Firefighters then put a rescue boat in the water and reached the two men, one who was a teenager and another who was in his mid-20s.

Pozzi said he is unsure the exact temperature of the water, but added that one of the men attempted to swim to shore before turning back after the water temperature caused cramping in his body.

After the men were brought to the shore, they were taken into the waiting ambulance to warm up. Following several minutes in the ambulance, the pair was released after declining further medical attention.

Wilmington Patch Facebook follower JoAnne Surawski McRae provided photos from the scene, which can be seen above.

Bill Griffith April 13, 2014 at 07:58 AM
Great pictures JoAnne thanks for being on the scene.

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