A 14-foot Hobie sailboat on Lone Lake capsized Sunday, sending two men into the water and its 20-foot mast into the mud.
No one was injured in the accident caused by strong wind gusts around 7 p.m. June 8, said South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Jon Beck.
“There was nothing they could do,” he said.
“There were some squalls, some gusts that came through there,” he added.
Someone in a rowboat retrieved the men before emergency responders arrived. The boat owner used a powerboat and tried to tow the sailboat out of the mud, but the powerboat died, stranding two men on the lake again.
“It was a double rescue, basically,” Beck said.
The fire protection district used its inflatable rigid dinghy with a 60 horsepower, 4-stroke Yamaha engine to slowly pull the sailboat out of the mud and back to the boat launch and repeated the towing service for the powerboat.
Beck said the lake was fairly warm, and the estimated 15 minutes the men were in the lake did not pose an immediate threat of hypothermia.