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Sudden storm tosses 26 boaters overboard as they were learning to sail on Lake Norman

Emergency crews rescued 26 boaters who were learning to sail on Lake Norman when a storm tossed them
Emergency crews rescued 26 boaters who were learning to sail on Lake Norman when a storm tossed them Huntersville Fire Department

Emergency crews rescued 26 boaters who were learning to sail on Lake Norman when a severe storm tossed them overboard, the Huntersville Fire Department tweeted on Wednesday night.

“All 26 members of the Sailing school/club are accounted for, no injuries,” the Huntersville Fire Department tweeted at 7:18 p.m. Wednesday.

Five or six boats overturned, “tossing people into the water,” the department tweeted at about 6:45 p.m. “Currently we’re removing people from the water.”



Cornelius firefighters and police helped rescue the boaters, the Huntersville Fire Department tweeted.

Sean O’Donnell, director of Lake Norman Community Sailing, disputed parts of what the fire department said on Twitter. In a Facebook post, O’Donnell said the boaters were adult sailors, not people learning to sail, and that “no sailors were rescued by anyone outside of our own staff.”

Firefighters from Huntersville Station 2 responded to “boaters in distress” near Blythe Landing, the Huntersville Fire Department tweeted at 6:21 p.m.

Blythe Landing is a popular public boat launch off N.C. 73 on the southern end of the lake.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak



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