BANGOR – Bangor first responders rescued three people from the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor Sunday evening.
Authorities responded to a portion of the stream near Bruce Road and Valley Avenue around 5:25 p.m. for reports of people in the water.
Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Chandler Corriveau said the three fell out of their watercraft, although he was not sure what led up to the incident.
Bangor firefighters donned cold water rescue suits and managed to get the people to a calmer, shallower part of the stream.
They were all out of the water by about 6:00 p.m.
Nobody was injured, but the assistant fire chief said they were extremely lucky.
“Two of them had life jackets that they were wearing, one of them had a life jacket with him but it was in the boat, and that does you no good,” Corriveau said. “So, the takeaway message here is that you need to make sure you wear your life jacket.”
Corriveau said there was a fatal drowning in that same area several months ago, and while everyone thinks it’s never going to happen to them, he said an accident can happen in a split second.
That’s why, according to Corriveau, it’s always important to be prepared.