TOWNSHIP 10 — A Franklin man died while launching his boat on Tunk Lake Monday.
Cpl. John MacDonald, spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said Ronald Thomas, 74, of Franklin died after he went into the water and began swimming after his drifting 16-foot boat.
Thomas was launching the boat at the public launch on Tunk Lake in Township 10 shortly before 9 a.m. when the boat’s bow line broke, according to MacDonald.
As the boat drifted about 20 yards from shore, Thomas attempted to swim after it.
Members of Cherryfield Ambulance and Fire, Northern Light Medial Transport and LifeFlight responded to the scene but could not revive Thomas. Game wardens are investigating the incident and were assisted by Maine Marine Patrol, MacDonald said.
Thomas’ body was transported to Jordan-Fernald Funeral home in Ellsworth.