Three Rescued from Capsized Boat in Lake Ontario

April 6, 2013 Updated Apr 7, 2013 at 12:49 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 6, 2013 Updated Apr 7, 2013 at 12:49 AM EDT

Four Mile Creek State Park, N.Y (WKBW) - Three people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat capsized in Lake Ontario Saturday afternoon.

Officials say around 3:50 p.m, a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received notification from the Niagara County 911 dispatcher of three adult males in the water whose 19-foot recreational boat had capsized three miles offshore of Four Mile Creek State Park, N.Y.

The water was 37 degrees at the time.

"Right now with the temperatures being as low as they are and the water level as cold as it is the survival rate in water is extremely small, said Lauren Laughlin, 3rd Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard. "Within 15 minutes, hypothermia is already setting in, you are losing mobility so we wanted to rescue with as many assets as we can so they could survive."

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Rescue Boat-Small launched from Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y. The rescue boatcrew from Station Niagara rescued the three men and transported them back to the station where two were taken by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, N.Y., and the other was taken by a life flight helicopter to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

The rescued were last known to be in stable condition.

The rescue boatcrew was unable to tow the recreational boat to safety and the vessel was last observed to be sinking.

The names and hometowns of the rescued are not being released.