On April 24, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sunapee Police Officer Robert Riessle and New London Officer James MacKenna responded to a 911 call on Lake Sunapee in the area of Great Island. The officers made their response utilizing the Sunapee Police patrol boat. The 911 call came in as “an overturned boat and sounds of children crying can be heard”, said Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill. The responding officers also had a member of the Sunapee Fire Department on board. The officers found an overturned canoe in the area of Great Island with three people in the water. Once the vessel was stabilized, the two children and one male adult were removed from the water and taken to Burkehaven Harbor in Sunapee where they were treated for hypothermia by members of the New London Ambulance service. All three people in the overturned boat were wearing appropriate flotation devices, said Cahill. The three individuals rescued are a family from the Andover area, a 43-year-old male and two children, ages 8 and 5.
The caller was from the Blodgett’s Landing area of Lake Sunapee where the overturned canoe was returned.
“The quick response, dedication and team work of the Sunapee Police, New London Police, Sunapee Fire Department and New London Ambulance Service was the key to the successful rescue of these three people from the cold water and thus preventing more serious injury,” said Cahill.
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