Lake Winnisquam sailor turned out not to need rescue

LACONIA — A "good intent" call sent firefighters scrambling to two area beaches at 5 p.m. yesterday to rescue a sailboat operator who, in the end, didn't need rescuing.

The man, who was sailing in the narrow strip of open water on Lake Winnisquam along Route 3, was spotted by someone who saw him drop his sail and thought he was in trouble.

Reports came through Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid that the man was in the water and having trouble hanging on to the side of the boat.

Belmont and Laconia firefighters went first to Leslie Roberts Beach, which is still ice covered and blockaded by chunks of ice that have been blown ashore by the wind.

As the sailor maneuvered unassisted to Bartlett Beach, Laconia firefighters met him there where he told them he was fine. Fire officials said he was appropriately dressed and was never in distress.

The shoreline of Bartlett Beach is open water.

Firefighters don't necessarily recommend water sports while there is still ice on the lake but said for those who must, they should wear live preservers and dress warmly.