Good Samaritans help canoers after capsize

Created: 08/09/2014 2:12 PM WHEC.com

The Yates County Sheriff's Office says good Samaritans assisted two people after their canoe capsized in the middle of Seneca Lake overnight.

Deputies say 47-year-old Kimberly Hanson and 51-year-old Edward Bentley were near the middle of the lake when their canoe overturned. News10NBC is told, Bentley had to cling to the side of the canoe while Hanson attempted to swim back to shore. It took her nearly two hours to swim to back closer to the shore. Deputies say she was exhausted by the time she got close to the shore. They say she began calling for help and those calls alerted nearby neighbors. One of those neighbors found Hanson in the water and used a boat to locate Bentley and bring him to shore.

Hanson and Bentley were both treated for hypothermia and exhaustion.

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