Two men escaped injury on Sunday afternoon when their small watercraft overturned in Lebanon's Cheadle Lake. According to Lebanon Fire District Lieutenant Jason Bolen, the men, age 18 and 17, were attempting to turn their boat towards a different fishing location when a strong gust of wind caught their sail and capsized the two-person vessel. Both men were thrown into the water approximately 50 yards from shore and attempted to right the vessel without success. Both victims were wearing US Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices and were able to swim to shore where bystanders helped them from the water.
The Lebanon Fire District was notified at 4:20 pm and responded with a Battalion Chief, a medic unit, and a heavy rescue unit carrying three rescue swimmers. The Battalion Chief upgraded the incident to a first alarm while en route to the scene, as water rescues can require a large number of personnel for rescue and safety operations. A rescue boat was also requested from the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District but upon arrival the Incident Commander determined that it was not needed. Both men denied any injury and refused any medical treatment.
The Lebanon Fire District would like to remind residents to always use a US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (life jacket) when operating or on board a watercraft in open or moving water. For more information about water safety contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.