Three people fishing on the Androscoggin River in Lisbon Falls on Saturday had to be rescued after the water level rose rapidly and they became stranded on a rock, WCSH 6 reported.

The Lisbon Falls Fire Department told the TV station that the three people were fishing near Worumbo Falls, an area that is highly susceptible to rapidly rising water because of the nearby hydroelectric dam. When the water level started to rise, the three were unable to return to shore and climbed onto a high rock, it said. They called for help when it became clear that they would not be able to escape.

The fire department told WCSH that an initial rescue effort failed, forcing firefighters to ask the dam operator to open the flood gates so the water could begin to recede.

The stranded fishermen were then rescued and released with no injuries except “wet feet,” according to WCSH.


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