A 79-year-old man is credited for saving two men Tuesday after a canoe overturned. | News

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A 79-year-old man is credited for saving two men Tuesday after a canoe overturned.
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NAPLES, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 79-year-old is being recognized for saving two men after a canoe overturned in Brandy Pond Tuesday night.

The Cumberland County Sheriffs Office said it received a call from a woman named Roberta Sorensen in Naples about two people in Brandy Pond off Jackson Cove Rd. The two subjects were yelling for help and were saying they couldn't hold on any longer.

The caller's husband, 79-year-old Edward Sorensen, got into his row boat and went out onto the lake in the dark in hopes of locating the two men yelling for help. Sorensen was able to get the two men to hold onto his boat. He brought them to a nearby dock where members of the Naples Rescue Unit were standing by.

19-year-old Chaz Price and 20-year-old Josh Garrison, both visiting from Ohio, said the canoe they were in capsized far off shore. One was wearing a life jacket and one was not. The one who did not have a life jacket held on to the one wearing a life vest and both got very tired. Both men were evaluated by the Naples Rescue Unit and were found to have no injuries.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said, "It seems likely that at least one, if not both of these canoers came very close to drowning. If it were not for the quick actions, and selfless acts of Roberta and Edward Sorensen, this could have turned into a tragedy."


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