Boaters rescued by U.S. border agents

Three boaters were rescued from Lake Koocanusa last week after their boat broke down.

  • May. 1, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Angela Treharne/Fernie Free Press

Three boaters were rescued from Lake Koocanusa last week after their boat broke down.

The trio were rescued Friday by U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection agents, who found them on a remote part of the lake. They were reportedly tired and cold, but safe and sound.

Their small boat had broken down several kilometres from their original launching point.

Customs officials say that all three Canadian citizens were suffering from exposure because of the bad weather and exhaustion.

Agents patrolling the lake spotted the trio and coordinated the rescue using “specialized riverine patrol watercraft,” according to a news release.The boat was eventually towed safely to the Rexford, Montana boat launch.