2 rescued after canoe flips in Nissequogue River

Two men are recovering after being pulled from the chilly Nissequogue River when their canoe overturned. (4/14/14)

KINGS PARK - Two men are recovering after being pulled from the chilly Nissequogue River when their canoe overturned.

The men, ages 22 and 25, were spotted in distress by a birdwatcher who was perched on a nearby bluff. She called out for help, and a neighbor ran and got a public safety officer for help.

Amateur video captured the scene as rescuers arrived and pulled both men to safety. The pair was hospitalized to be treated for hypothermia.

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The birdwatcher says she's glad she was in the right place at the right time. "I kept thinking, if I didn't watch them, they would have died. No question about it," she says.

The river rescue came just a day after two other men on a fishing trip had to be rescued when they got stuck in a muddy spot on the river.

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