Two Survive Capsize on Umsaskis Lake, ME

Two brothers survived a capsize on Umsaskis Lake, on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, on June 5.

According to the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, brothers Larry Fiori, 70, of Kennebunk, and Michael Fiori, 67, of Brunswick, were fishing in a 16-foot, outboard-powered aluminum canoe on Umsaskis Lake just before 8:00 pm when bad weather moved in. As the pair attempted to motor back to shore, the canoe began taking on water and quickly submerged. Both men were forced into water; neither was wearing a lifejacket. 

Michael Fiori made it to shore where he was assisted by a group of boy scouts camping at Sandy Point. Larry Fiori spent nearly two hours in the lake before making it to shore. While in the water, he clung to a portion of a lifejacket and floating fuel tank. He was transported to Northern Lighthouse Hospital in Presque Isle, where he was treated for hypothermia.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reminds all boaters the importance of wearing lifejackets. Simply having lifejackets onboard during a boating emergency may not allow occupants the time or the means to fasten them when needed. Water temperatures remain cold as well, increasing the need for all boaters to wear lifejackets.