April 2, 2013

Teens rescued on Big Tupper Lake


---- — TUPPER LAKE — Two teenagers were stranded in a rowboat on the ice on Big Tupper Lake Sunday afternoon as they were coming back from a nearby island.

The boys, whose names were not available, were camping on Bluff Island over the weekend and were on their way back across the lake to go home, according to Rick Hurteau, fire driver for Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

One of the boys called 911 from his cellphone, and Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department, the Tupper Lake Dive Team, Saranac Lake Dive Team and Tupper Lake Rescue Squad came to their rescue.

Hurteau said the Saranac Lake team arrived at 5:47 p.m.

“Tupper Lake dispatched us for mutual help,” he said. “We sent two trucks and six members to the site.”

Three rescuers set out on a 12-foot motorboat to retrieve the teenagers, Hurteau said.

The water was about 4 feet deep where the rowboat was hung up on the ice.

A rope was thrown to the boys, who climbed from the rowboat into the water to grab it, then clambered into the rescue boat.

“They were fine but a little scared,” Hurteau said. “They were also wet and cold.”

The boys were brought back to the shore and were treated in the Tupper Lake ambulance at that location before heading home.

Hurteau said the rescue wrapped up just after 8 p.m.