Three rescued from swamped boat on Skilak Lake

Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Three men were rescued Wednesday from Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula after their overloaded boat swamped.

Alaska State Troopers said they received a call at 1:45 a.m. from Karen Driskill, 60, of Sterling, reporting her husband, Larry Driskill, 59, was six hours overdue from a boat trip on the lake.

He was with two friends, Ralph Goodwin, 43, and Doug Lemons, 42, both of Homer.

The three were delivering construction supplies on board a 19-foot boat to a cabin on Caribou Island.

A Fish and Wildlife Protection boat was launched to search for the men. At about 4:15 a.m., the Civil Air Patrol in Kenai launched an airplane to help search.

At 4:30 p.m., the three men were spotted by the aircraft clinging to their swamped boat near the western end of the lake. The Fish and Wildlife Protection boat picked them up.

All were reported cold and wet but in no need of medical help.

Troopers said high winds caused the overloaded boat to quickly take on water.

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