Boaters rescued after crash on Candlewood Lake near Chicken Rock – Danbury News Times

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A Thursday evening boat collision near Chicken Rock prompted a second multi-agency response to that area of Candlewood Lake in a matter of weeks.
SHERMAN — Emergency personnel were called to Candlewood Lake early Thursday evening after authorities say a boat struck another vessel in the area of Chicken Rock.
It was the second multi-agency response in a matter of weeks near the 25-foot-high rock at the southern tip of Green Island on the Sherman-New Fairfield border.
First responders were dispatched to the lake around 7:12 p.m. for a report of “a vessel in distress with victims in the water” and established a command post in the Sail Harbour area, according to the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department.
Emergency personnel from New Fairfield, Brookfield, Connecticut State Police, Candlewood Lake Authority and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Environmental Conservation Police also responded to the scene.
Within 15 minutes, authorities said three occupants of a vessel that had been struck by another boat were located north of Green Island in Sherman Bay.
None were seriously injured and they were all escorted safely to shore, according to the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department.
Once they were out of the water, the scene was turned over to DEEP’s Environmental Conservation Police and Candlewood Lake Authority for investigation.
“Due to the rapid response and great communication by Sherman Volunteer Fire Department and their mutual aid partners, the incident was quickly brought under control with an exceptionally positive outcome,” the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department said in a Facebook post.
The area of Chicken Rock was the site of a recent fatal drowning.
The body of Bridgeport resident Denis Junio Rodrigues Pio was recovered from that area of the lake June 28, following a swimming accident four days prior. Authorities say the 20-year-old had been swimming back and forth from the rock to a boat anchored off Green Island when he started having trouble in the water.
His death was ruled an accidental drowning by the state medical examiner’s office.
Kendra Baker is a reporter for the News-Times who previously worked as a general assignment reporter for The Wilton Bulletin. Before The Bulletin, Kendra freelanced for The Redding Pilot and interned for the New Haven Independent. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in psychology. Her work has also been published on ConnecticutHistory.org.

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