Two individuals died and a third was hospitalized after their kayaks upset off the shore of Maine's Mount Deseret Island, a prominent visitor destination, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday.
One of the paddlers' spouses called powers on Thursday evening after her better half and two companions were two hours late in coming back from an arranged outing, authorities said in an announcement.
Neighborhood boaters discovered one lady sticking to an upset kayak in close-by waters, hypothermic and not able to talk. She was transported to a Bangor healing center, authorities said.
The groups of the other two paddlers were likewise recuperated by nearby boaters, authorities said.
"This is an exceptionally unfortunate result," said Kenneth Stuart, the Coast Guard's order obligation officer for northern New England. "We profoundly welcome the endeavors of those neighborhood boaters who helped this evening and we'll be attempting to figure out what happened and how to keep such mischances from happening later on."
Situated around 150 miles upper east of Portland, Mount Deseret Island is home to Acadia National Park, which draws about 2.5 million guests a year. (Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston; Editing by Bernadette Baum)