SOUTH BERWICK – On Monday wardens were in their third day of searching for Jennifer Bousquet’s body, and they say the conditions on the Saco river are treacherous.
Lt. Tim Place says conditions are treacherous as they search down river from where Bousquet went into the water Saturday after her canoe flipped over.
Investigators say the two men she was with were able to make it to shore.
“All indications are that she did not have a life jacket on,” Said Place. He also said some areas are too dangerous for divers, so they can’t be eliminated.
“we put a buoy in. we can now see where it eddies, and we’re searching all those eddies to see if that might be where she might be. Any place that we call ‘strainers,’ where there’s stuff in the water and the water hits it. It can suck a diver into that so we won”t search those.”
Two Fryeburg police officers were on their way to help when their boat crashed into shore, leaving Nathan Desjardins, 20, in critical condition. That crash is under investigation by the warden service, but the focus is on finding Bousquet.
Safety is the priority, and Place says it should be for everyone.
“Enjoy what Maine has to offer, but just be really careful and always, when you’re on the water, wear a life jacket.”