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Women rescused from flipped canoe

Mary Thompson

Two Southern California women were pulled from the frigid waters of Fallen Leaf Lake on Saturday when their canoe was capsized by afternoon wind and waves.

The women, both believed to be in their 30s, had drifted more than a half-mile from shore when their boat overturned and dumped them into the 45 degree water.

Fallen Leaf Fire Department rescue personnel found the two women clinging to the canoe at about 3:30 p.m. after they had been in the water for almost an hour. Both women were in the preliminary stages of hypothermia.

Rescue personnel warmed the shivering women with blankets. Rescue personnel included eight firefighters from Fallen Leaf Fire, four El Dorado County Sheriffs and two paramedics from Lake Tahoe Ambulance.

Fire Chief Jordan Pollack said life preservers saved the women’s lives.

He also said that in addition to wearing life jackets, boaters can take extra precautions to ensure a safe day on the water.

“Small, non-motorized crafts should stay close to the shore so the people can swim to shore if they get into trouble. Also, pay attention to the weather – especially on Fallen Leaf Lake where afternoon winds pick up.”

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