EDDINGTON – Authorities have recovered the body of a missing boater on Chemo Pond in Eddington.
They found that person in about 20 feet of water around 1:45 a.m. using an ROV underwater device, but they are not releasing the name of the victim yet.
Crews say the call came in at 7:40 p.m. Monday night.
A lieutenant with the Maine Warden Service says three people were on a boat when one person went into the water to go swimming or tubing off a party boat.
A 54-year-old man who went into the water to help the person struggling never resurfaced.
The other two people from the boat are expected to be okay.
Maine State Police, Eddington Fire, the Maine Warden Service, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and one other fire department were all on scene looking for the man.
While command was set up in Eddington by Dean’s Landing on Chemo Pond, officials say they believe the accident happened out on the water in Bradley.
People who live nearby tried to help in the search as well.
“Shortly after the incident there were numerous residents and civilians around that came to the aid of the boaters,” said Lt. Dan Scott with the Maine Warden Service. “There were two other people on board the boat and tried to participate in the rescue at that point. Nobody was able to locate anybody.”
The Maine Warden Service used an underwater device that can use sonar and cameras to continue that search overnight.
The owners of Dean’s Landing say their dock area will be closed to the public today.