STANDISH, Maine (AP) — The sheriff of Maine’s most populous county had to be rescued after his kayak capsized in Sebago Lake.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce suffered from symptoms of hypothermia after Wednesday’s episode and was taken to Maine Medical Center as a precaution, officials said.
Joyce called for help as he clung to the overturned kayak. A passerby with a canoe helped Joyce to shore.
The water temperature was 48 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Maine Warden Service will investigate all boating accidents with injuries as it does.
It was unclear if Joyce was wearing a life jacket. Officials said life jackets should always be worn in the water, but especially at the start of the season when colder water can cause hypothermia and drowning within minutes.
A 75-year-old man from Perry drowned last week when the 12ft aluminum boat he was using to check baitfish traps overturned on East Pike Brook. The man was thrown into the water without a life jacket.
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