Winds flip over canoe; three rescued

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BRIGHTON -- Fire rescue crews plucked three people out of Barr Lake March 30 after strong winds and high waves capsized a canoe. 


It happened around 5 p.m. No names were released. Brighton Fire District division chief Mike Schuppe said the three victims were taken to a local hospital for observation. All three were wearing life vests and were able to make it to the shore on the east side of the lake near the dam.

Schuppe said park rangers were making their way to the overturned canoe before the fire department arrived. Two other people in a separate canoe were also on shore. They were wearing life vests as well, and neither was thrown into the water.

The fire department sent an engine company, a truck, an attack unit, its boat, a battalion chief and two medic units to the scene.