Lake Texoma marina employees rescue three men from one person kayak

POTTSBORO, Tex. (KXII) -- Three men were rescued Wednesday after their kayak capsized in Lake Texoma near the Lighthouse Marina.

Two men were rescued Wednesday after their canoe capsized in Lake Texoma near the Lighthouse Marina.

The first call about the men being in the water came in after 10 a.m.

Three men took their own one-man kayak, and the next thing they knew it capsized and they were screaming for help.

Two men were in the water for 20 minutes before Lighthouse Marina employees deployed a pontoon boat and rescued them from the chilly water.

Employee Carl Price was one of the men who helped with the rescue efforts.

"It's pretty awesome," he said about helping out. "It's a different feeling than anything I've ever felt. I've never been in a rescue situation before."

Both men who were rescued suffered from mild hypothermia from exposure to the 50 degree lake water. They were not taken to the hospital. but the third man was transferred to the hospital with his leg wrapped. His injuries are not known.

"Thankfully they had their life jackets," said game warden Shane Bailey. "But after 20 minutes in the water, they were in pretty bad shape."

Hypothermia is the condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, typically one that is dangerously low. According to the University of Minnesota, at a lake temperature of 50 degrees, a person can go unconscious in as little as 30 minutes, and could die in an hour.

Bailey said he's thankful the marina employees jumped into action so quickly.



 
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