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Coast Guard partner agencies recover body of missing canoeist

by Coast Guard First District Northeast on 14 May 2017
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The Coast Guard and their partner agencies searched for and recovered the body of a missing canoeist Saturday after his canoe tipped in Malletts Bay, Vermont. Clinton County Dispatch notified Coast Guard Station Burlington at about 9:20 a.m., of three men who tipped their canoe and fell into the water. Two of the men swam to shore, but the third was missing.

A 29-foot response boat crew from Station Burlington and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod launched to search the area where the missing canoeist was last seen. Members of Colchester police and fire departments, Malletts Bay fire department, and Vermont state police joined the search.

After about five and a half hours of searching, divers from the Vermont state police found and recovered the body of the missing man at about 3:12 p.m. 'Our condolences go out to the family members of the missing canoeist,' said Chief Petty Officer Aaron Clendaniel, command duty officer of Sector Northern New England. 'And we would like to remind mariners that the water is still cold and hypothermia can set in quickly.'

The canoeists were not wearing life jackets. The air temperature was 57 degrees and the water, 46 degrees. The survivability time while wearing a life jacket is about nine hours.
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