HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – Emergency crews in Mercer County were called to Shenango River Lake after two people were thrown from a boat Wednesday morning.
A boat carrying duck hunters capsized about 7:14 a.m. on the lake.
Officials confirmed that two people and a dog were in the 12-foot boat when it went under water.
“We had up to 30 to 40 mile per hour wind gusts, and that is enough for a 12-foot boat to bring a wave over the bow and have it take on water, which resulted in capsizing the vessel,” said John Kolodziejski, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Waterways Conservation Officer Jeff Giardina said the two hunters and their dog had to swim about 200 yards to shore. When emergency crews arrived, one of the hunters was at his truck is soaking wet clothes. The other was at the shoreline.
“He was unable to walk because of the severe cold,” Giardina said.
That person was taken to Sharon Regional Hospital with possible hypothermia. The other hunter and dog were not injured.
“Thankfully both individuals were wearing life jackets at the time. Had they not been wearing their life jackets, we probably would have a different scenario out here,” Kolodziejski said.
Under Pennsylvania law, starting Sunday through April 30, you have to wear your life jacket if you’re on a small boat, canoe or kayak.