Three people were able to swim to shore safely Tuesday evening after their boat capsized on Cochnewagon Lake in Monmouth, officials said.

Fire Chief Daniel Roy said Winthrop Rescue was checking out the three boaters, all female, but there was no immediate indication that any was injured. Roy did not know their names or ages.

A caller reported a capsized sailboat and three people in the water around 4:45 p.m. Firefighters from Winthrop, which has a rescue boat, and Monmouth responded quickly and Roy responded with his personal boat. At one point there was a report of only one person visible in the water.

“What was reported as a head in the water were items from the boat,” Roy said. “Those things were bobbing in the wind-driven rain.”

The person who initially reported the overturned boat called back about 30 minutes later to report all three had swum to shore successfully.

“We launched at the boat ramp and went across,” Roy said. “By the time we got to the boat, they were already on shore.”

Roy estimated the trio swam 300 yards to get to shore.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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