ELLSWORTH — Gusty winds on the water and an imprudent boater had the Maine Marine Patrol and the Surry Fire Department hopping Sunday afternoon.
Maine Marine Patrol Officer Colin MacDonald said that two men narrowly averted serious problems when the small boat they were sailing capsized in Union River Bay.
According to MacDonald, the boat, reportedly owned by Carl Stecher, 53, “flipped over almost immediately after leaving the mooring, tossing Stecher and his passenger, John Fogarty, 65, into Union River Bay. Both men were wearing personal floatation devices.
The men righted the boat and Fogarty climbed aboard. An inexperienced sailor, he was unable to pick up Stecher.
The stiff wind soon pushed the boat onto the rocks in Trenton, MacDonald said, and Fogarty came ashore.
“He was OK,” MacDonald said.
Stecher wasn’t so fortunate. He remained in the chilly water drifting toward the shore in Surry. He was eventually able to swim to shore in Contention Cove, where he was met by a landowner and a Hancock County deputy.
Stecher was transported to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, where he was reportedly treated and released.
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