- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

GREENE, Maine (AP) - A Maine family that pulled a man from a sinking paddle boat in the Androscoggin River say they were forced to swim to shore when their own boat sank during the rescue.

Carlos Portillo of Turner tells The Sun Journal (https://bit.ly/1YpXjEo ) that a pilot flying above the river alerted him to a man who was drifting near Gulf Island at around 3 p.m. Thursday.

But when the family pulled the man into their new 16-foot speedboat and attempted to tow the boat, the tow rope ripped the engine off the back of the speedboat and it started to sink.

As they started swimming to shore, the pilot and a passenger arrived in their plane and started pulling people out of the water. First responders also assisted.

No injuries were reported.


Information from: Sun-Journal, https://www.sunjournal.com



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