BRADLEY – Four people were stranded on a boat in the Penobscot River for nearly six hours on Monday.
A Coast Guard helicopter was called in to rescue three University of Maine students and a warden from a boat in the river.
“We can’t get a boat in this section of the river because the water’s so low,” said Capt. Mike Hildreth of the Old Town Fire Department.
The Old Town Fire Department was called just before 4 p.m. Monday for three people trapped on a boat.
Hildreth said the UMaine students were having a hard time getting their boat out of the river and were looking for an easier area to do so when it became stuck on a rock.
“A warden attempted a rescue and his boat became submerged and he ended up on the boat with them,” Hildreth said. “At that point it was dark. Forestry is unable to fly after dark.”
Hildreth said there were no other agencies to call, so a Coast Guard helicopter from Cape Cod had to assist.
“They traveled a long way to get here, did a fantastic job. It’s great all these agencies can work together when we need to.”
Nobody on board was injured, just cold.
“In no way is this a safe area to be in, especially in November,” Hildreth added.
He said the men were going to be evaluated as a precaution.