Maine game wardens rescued nine persons on Friday following their canoes capsized on Ripogenus Lake.

The group mentioned they have been utilizing a makeshift sail on the canoes. As they came down the lake, the wind came up abruptly and overturned the canoes, which led to 5 persons in the water, according to Mark Latti, communications director for the Maine Division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Wardens have been contacted at 11:37 a.m. by the Bangor Regional Communication Center who mentioned they received a get in touch with through a satellite telephone from an Outward Bound canoe group just before they have been disconnected, Latti mentioned.

Wardens arrived on the scene about 15 minutes later and determined the approximate place of the canoes and located there have been nonetheless persons in the water. Wardens located 3 persons clinging to an overturned canoe close to the middle of the lake. An additional canoe had two persons paddling with two persons in the water becoming towed. The final two members of the group have been located on the opposite side of Ripogenus Lake, Latti mentioned.

All of the persons in the group have been accounted for by 12:15 p.m.

The persons on the trip ranged in age from 22 to 40, and all of them have been wearing lifejackets. The trip consisted of camping, backpacking and canoeing, Latti mentioned.

They have been taken to a to a Maine Warden Service property situated at Rip Dam. 4 of the nine persons have been treated for hypothermia.

Ripogenus Lake is situated in a remote region of Piscataquis County. The climate was risky for boating because winds have been building white cap waves that have been four-six feet higher on the lake, Latti mentioned.