Students Rescued from Penobscot River

A Coast Guard helicopter was called in to rescue four people from the Penobscot River off Old Town, ME, on Monday, Nov. 12.

Three of the men are students at the University of Maine, and were doing field work on the river around 3:30 p.m. when their boat becomes stuck on a midriver rock. According to the Bangor Daily News, a Maine warden attempted to assist in a canoe, but the canoe capsized and he was forced to join the stranded men. The warden was apparently wearing a dry suit.

As night fell, the Coast Guard was contacted, as other rescue agencies did not have access to helicopters equipped for safely performing a rescue after dark.

Eventually the Coast Guard was able to safely hoist all four men aboard the aircraft and fly them to Bangor Airport, where they were evaluated and released.