Man, 2 children quickly rescued from choppy Lake Winnipesaukee

GILFORD — A man, two children and drifting boat were corralled in the choppy waters of Lake Winnipesaukee off Ellacoya State Park by a Marine Patrol officer and lifeguard around around 12:30 p.m. yesterday.

Officer Seth Allie of Marine Patrol said that the man was towing the two children on tube when the line became snarled in the propeller, suddenly slowing the boat, jerking the tube askew and sending the young boy and girl into the water. The man , who was not wearing a life jacket, went into the water.

Allie said that a bystander reported the incident, while a lifeguard at Ellacoya went to the aid of the children, who were both wearing jackets. First on the scene, Officer Nicholas Haroutunian of Marine Patrol helped the man regain control of the boat. Although a strong wind fed a steady chop on the lake, the three were not in danger and were brought to shore safely.