Pair of Bates College students rescued from river

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Two Bates College students plucked from the rocks below the falls in the Androscoggin River on Wednesday night load their gear into a police SUV.

AUBURN — Two Bates College students were plucked from the Androscoggin River early Wednesday night after being stranded on an island as the sun went down.

Amber Waterman/Sun Journal

Rescuers approach two men trapped on rocks below the falls in the Androscoggin River on Wednesday night.

Police went to Great Falls shortly after 6 p.m. when callers reported seeing the two men on the rocky island just below the falls. After several attempts to get back to the mainland on their own, the two men sat on the rocks waiting for help while a growing group of onlookers watched from behind the Esplanade.

Police said the students had gone down to the river on the Lewiston side, beneath the train trestle. They went into the water but found they couldn't get back to shore on their own.

"They got in over their heads," said Lewiston police officer Tom Murphy, who climbed down the sharp, rocky bank behind Great Falls Plaza. "We couldn't reach them with that kind of current. We were losing the light, too, so we called for the boat."

A roughly 60-foot-wide portion of the river separated the two men from the safety of shore. That portion is just below the falls at West Pitch and is deceptively tricky.

"The current here is really strong," Auburn police Officer Scott Corey said.

So, as the sun went down, the men were resigned to waiting on the island while the boat was sent out to carry them to safety.

A local man who had been biking in the area said he had spotted the two men "bouldering" on the Lewiston side of the river shortly before emergency crews were called out.

Bouldering, he explained, is a way of rock-climbing for practice without full gear.

"They seemed to be reasonably skilled," the bicyclist said. "But they could have chosen a better location. This is probably one of the stupidest places to do it."

Once the Auburn Rescue boat reached the men, it was an easy operation. The pair climbed into the boat and were ferried back to the launch behind the Gritty McDuff's brew pub.

The men were not identified. On shore, they shrugged before climbing into a police cruiser. Police said the two men were questioned but charges were not likely.

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Roger Moulton's picture

yaaaay I did it

I silenced Dan Breton! hahaha

Nick Gagnon's picture

They should have to pay. As

They should have to pay. As far as racism, "boy" has been a street lingo term for years and has nothing to do with race. Boy is a gender not a race. People have always said things like "going to hang out with my boys" and other like comments. So don't bring up something as sensative as race in your little politicle debate

Roger Moulton's picture

thanks

Thanks Nick but you're probably wasting your time all Dan understands is that republicans are racist(not true) and he loves democrats cuz they allow him to sit at home on his couch and watch tv while you and I go to work.

Roger Moulton's picture

showing your intelligence again?

He actually wasn't comparing the two he was explaining to you what I meant. It was not meant the way you think. Dan if you are a black man you are very clearly racist and if not you are the opposite of an uncle tom if there is such a thing. lol

KATHRYN PENDLETON's picture

Dan

He gets a kick out of sabatoging any chance for discussion.Certainly back-door censorship. Not to much of a credit to his party I'm sure.

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don't be surprised if youuuz

don't be surprised if youuuz get da flesh-eating bacteriaaaa!

KATHRYN PENDLETON's picture

Rescue

Will these guys be charged for their rescue?

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Partisan politics ;(

After Watching your comments for a few weeks I have come to realize your are the most partison person posting to this blog, your so far left it has made you jaded and blind. Your only hope turn off hte public radio and watch Glen Beck for a month. Then we can hope to meet in the middle.

Roger Moulton's picture

I love how you democrats

I love how you democrats still run your mouth even with the poor job your leaders and our president have done in the recent past. I work for my money and hate when your democrats give it to people like the dog thief so he can stay home beat his 11 week old child and steal dogs from working people. And no I'm not rich I'll probably make under 40,000 this year but if it weren't for my republican employers I'd have to just sit at home and take my check like you probably do Dan. You only like Democrats because they make republicans like me pay for your computer so you can crap on republicans. My biggest problem with Democrats is they don't want the "poor" to better themselves cuz if they did they would start to vote republican. In closing your boy obama is doing a wonderful job for our country right now thanks for voting for him.

Roger Moulton's picture

Not a racist comment.

Dan I would tell you what I actually think of you and your intelligence or lack thereof but it would just be removed. That was actually not written with any racist intention. My generation refers to there male friends as there "boy" which probably originated from african americans but was never used in a racist context, that was back in the 60's and earlier. I often say he's my boy about one of my friends white or black, or will joke with my friends when they say a negative comment about someone I'll say "well he's your boy". I have black family members and also had a black roommate right after high school so you won't find any racist comments here. I will tell you however there is a difference between a black person and an ingnorant person that is black and intelligent people will know what I mean by that. It's clear to me that you're just search this thing to try and find racist comments to make it look like your some hero for protecting the black man. lol. I did notice that you had no response to the fact that you sit home and collect a check while us republicans pay for you to eat and for your computer. So you're welcome for your stuff I'll pass your thank you on to the rest of the working tax payers.

Roger Moulton's picture

Not a racist comment.

Dan I would tell you what I actually think of you and your intelligence or lack thereof but it would just be removed. That was actually not written with any racist intention. My generation refers to there male friends as there "boy" which probably originated from african americans but was never used in a racist context, that was back in the 60's and earlier. I often say he's my boy about one of my friends white or black, or will joke with my friends when they say a negative comment about someone I'll say "well he's your boy". I have black family members and also had a black roommate right after high school so you won't find any racist comments here. I will tell you however there is a difference between a black person and an ingnorant person that is black and intelligent people will know what I mean by that. It's clear to me that you're just search this thing to try and find racist comments to make it look like your some hero for protecting the black man. lol. I did notice that you had no response to the fact that you sit home and collect a check while us republicans pay for you to eat and for your computer. So you're welcome for your stuff I'll pass your thank you on to the rest of the working tax payers.

Roger Moulton's picture

Well if you are actually

Well if you are actually physically disabled I apologize but if you are one of those people who are disabled cuz you have post traumatic stress syndrome or some other "mental illness" that doesn't prevent you from physically working I say get a dang job old lazy one. So you've been able to respond to one thing I said but everything else I wrote was right and well you're not very intelligent.

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