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2 dead, 1 injured kayaking off coast of Maine

Two men died and a woman suffered serious injuries while kayaking off the coast of Maine Wednesday, the US Coast Guard said Thursday.

The group had gone boating in waters west of Mount Desert Island, and were scheduled to return at 4:30 p.m. When they didn’t arrive by 6:30 p.m., the wife of one of the men notified the Coast Guard, triggering a search that involved the Maine Marine Patrol and “good Samaritan” civilians, the Coast Guard said.

One of the civilian boaters found the woman clinging to the side of an overturned kayak at around 8 p.m., the Coast Guard said in a statement. The woman was hypothermic and unable to speak, and was taken to a hospital in Bangor.

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Her condition was unknown Thursday afternoon, the Coast Guard said.

Civilian boaters found the two men at 8:40 p.m. and 9:50 p.m., respectively. They were unresponsive and taken to Prospect Harbor where paramedics pronounced them dead, the Coast Guard said.

“This is a very tragic outcome,” Kenneth Stuart, a Coast Guard command duty officer, said in the statement. “We deeply appreciate the efforts of those local boaters who assisted tonight and we’ll be working to determine what happened and how to prevent such accidents from occurring in the future.”


J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto.