AUGUSTA – A trip for some high school Boy Scouts from Massachusetts turned into a rescue mission when they saved the lives of two men whose canoe capsized in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
The men spent three hours treading water but were pulled to safety by members of Boy Scouts Spirit of Adventure Crew 354.
Georgia Wunderlich described how she and the rest of the crew saved the men by pulling them out of the water after they heard the men screaming for help
“We knew what we had to do with our training and what we’ve collected with our scout’s knowledge to keep them safe and warm until the ambulance arrived,” Wunderlich said.
And Thursday morning, Gov. Janet Mills honored the heroic scouts in a ceremony at the State House.
“One we all got cell service back everyone was texting us and we got recognized a few times on the way down from Maine back to Massachusetts saying, ‘You’re those scouts that saved the man in Umsakis Lake,’ and we were all like, ‘ We’re on the news now.’. We saw that we were on the national news and it was a very big shock to all of us. We didn’t think it was going to get past, like, Bangor. It was definitely a shock to hear from the governor,” Wunderlich said.
She also said this is a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.