Canoeists Rescued in Choppy Kansas Lake

By: AP
By: AP

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Ten men have been rescued from a chilly Kansas lake after several canoes overturned during a multisport event.

The Lawrence Journal-World reported on its Web site that the canoeists were treated at the state maintenance building at Clinton Lake. Lawrence Fire and Medical Battalion Chief Rob Kort said all were suffering symptoms of hypothermia after the Saturday morning rescue.

Officials said wind forced water into the canoes. As racers tried to bail water from their canoes, the vessels capsized.

The race -- called Bonk Hard Sunflower -- lasts 12 or 24 hours, consisting of continuous mountain biking, paddling, running, trekking, orienteering and ropes.

Organizers say the race attracted more than 100 participants. All were accounted for.

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