Camas-Washougal Fire Department personnel rescued two people from the waters of Lacamas Lake Monday night.
According to a press release from the CWFD, just after 9:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to a report of an overturned boat in the lake with two people in the water yelling for help.
A canoe was discovered approximately 100 yards off of the lake’s east end boat ramp A man and a woman without personal flotation devices were spotted in distress in the water, holding on to the overturned canoe.
“With no immediately available boat to conduct a rescue, CWFD firefighters Victor Compher and Nick Ober volunteered to retrieve the subjects,” stated the press release. “Putting on personal flotation devices and taking two extra, Compher and Ober were able to swim out and rescue the two individuals.”
Described as exhausted and cold, the two patients were warmed inside an ambulance.
The victims were not injured and refused ambulance transport.
CWFD officials urged citizens to be cautious when taking part in water activities.
“It is not safe to be out on local bodies of water after dark and it’s never safe to participate in such activities without the use of a personal flotation device,” the release stated.