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Duck Hunters Rescued After Boat Capsizes Near Woodland Beach

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WOODLAND BEACH, Del.- Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents on marine patrol checking waterfowl hunters for compliance Thursday morning rescued a pair of hunters whose small boat had capsized near Woodland Beach east of Smyrna.

According to officials, at around 9:30 a.m., Sr. Cpl. Drew Aydelotte and Agent Trainee Josh Hudson were patrolling the Woodland Beach marsh flats when they spotted the two men in the water about 100 yards from shore, and pulled them aboard their patrol boat.  

Authorities said 36-year-old Mario F. Cipolla of New Castle and 24-year-old Kenneth Tolite of Wilmington, were duck hunting when their boat capsized just minutes before the agents arrived in the area. Emergency medical personnel from the Cheswold Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene and treated the two men for hypothermia. 

"We were glad to be in the right place at the right time to render aid," Aydelotte said. "Those hunters would have faced much more serious consequences if they had spent just few more minutes in the water, which is currently around 43 degrees. Fortunately, they did the right thing and stayed with their boat, and we found them."  

Officials said the two duck hunters had two life jackets aboard, as required for adult boaters in Delaware, but were not wearing them when their boat capsized. The vessel has not been recovered, and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Cipolla was cited for hunting with an unplugged shotgun. No other charges have been filed.

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