NORWALK, Conn. Two children and an adult were rescued by Norwalk Police Saturday afternoon after their canoe overturned off Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk emergency personnel reported.
Two 8-year-old children and their camp counselor were in the rocky water for about 20 minutes after heavy seas and high winds caused their canoe to swamp, Sgt. Pete Lapak said.
Firefighters and police were notified of the overturned canoe near Grassy Hammond Rocks at 2:15 p.m. by people on a sailboat, firefighters say. Norwalk Police were first on the scene, arriving in a boat capable of maneuvering in the rocks. Sgt. John Taranto pulled the children from the water, while Lapak got the adult onboard.
The children were shivering uncontrollably and said they were freezing, Lapak said. Everyone was wrapped in blankets. When Darien Police arrived, the victims were transferred to that boat, which had a cabin where they could warm up. Norwalk firefighters also arrived in the scene. The boat was pulled out of the water.
Paramedics met the victims at the Cove Marina Docks, where the children were treated for hypothermia, firefighters say. The camp counselor went to the beach to get their parents, Taranto said.
The victims refused further treatment. There were no cracks in the canoe and everyone had been wearing life vests.
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