Boat with 18 special needs kids capsizes at Tempe Town Lake

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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Everyone is accounted for after a boat operated by a special needs rowing team turned over in Tempe Town Lake on Tuesday.

It happened just before 6:30 p.m.

According to firefighters, all 18 rowers and their coaches swam to shore safely.

Police said they were all wearing life jackets.

Members of the Mesa Bulldogs were training on a 50-foot-long boat for the upcoming Dragon Boat Races in March.

They were wrapping up their practice, and rowing back to the marina, when the boat flipped.

A coach blamed it on too many people leaning too heavily on one side of the boat.

People watching from shore jumped in to help get them out of the water, and find dry towels and clothing.

"People were coming up with blankets and towels, even people from nearby apartment complexes," Sgt. Tyler Watkins of the Tempe Police Department said.

No one was seriously hurt but some were experiencing signs and symptoms of hypothermia.

 "Whatever jackets we had on the table here, we handed out. They were scared and shivering," Kahea Mendes said.

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