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Pyramid Lake boaters rescued after craft sinks

January 9, 2011 |  7:54 pm

Three San Fernando Valley men were rescued from the frigid waters of Pyramid Lake on Sunday afternoon after their aluminum boat sank, sheriff's deputies said.

A deputy on patrol in the area hauled each of the men out of 50-degree water and onto a patrol craft, said Deputy Johnie Jones of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The men had been in the water for about 10 minutes, swimming to shore after their 12-foot boat began to take on water, Jones said. One of the men was beginning to lose consciousness when the deputy arrived.

Deputies normally patrol the lake in pairs, Jones said, but for some reason only one deputy was aboard the patrol boat Sunday, making the task of rescuing three tired swimmers all the more difficult.

The men -- a 31-year-old from Porter Ranch, a 38-year-old from Tarzana and a 40-year-old from Winnetka – were taken to a hospital to be evaluated for hypothermia.


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