Neighbor saves woman from frigid water
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Moneta woman was treated for hypothermia after falling from her personal watercraft (PWC) Sunday afternoon at Smith Mountain Lake.
The 53-year-old Boardwalk resident left her dock about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, following her husband who was operating a bass boat, according to Sgt. Karl Martin with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
About 150 yards from the shore, her PWC experienced mechanical failure, Martin said. She got it started again and headed back in the direction of the dock.
When she was about 30 yards away from the dock, the PWC began taking on water, and she toppled into the lake, Martin said.
ACBS Visits Roanoke Boat Show
Members of the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently participated in the Roanoke Boat show, sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association. In spite of the inclement weather, many boat enthusiasts were able to visit the groups display and learn the details of a restored 1949 Neal "F" Class Hydro.
Above, from left, are chapter members Alan Frederick, Sybil Smith and Roger Smith.