STAFF PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Body recovered, search on for missing man



STAFF PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN
Firefighters from Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont at Pond’s End in Somesville during a search for missing fishermen in Long Pond on Thursday

MOUNT DESERT – The body of a fisherman whose boat apparently overturned on Long Pond was recovered Thursday afternoon and a search is underway for another.

Sgt. Dave Craven of the Maine Warden Service said the names of the two men are not being released until families are fully notified. At 5 p.m. a warden service dive team was going out to search an area near Rum Island, where the small aluminum boat was found upside down earlier in the afternoon.

Sgt. Craven said the men left in the boat sometime Wednesday and were last seen by other fishermen around 3 p.m. Friends, concerned that the men hadn’t returned, went out in a boat Thursday afternoon and reported they found the overturned boat, the sergeant said.

Mount Desert police received the call about 1 p.m.

The dive team will first use a sidescan sonar system mounted on a boat to pinpoint any “targets” before diving, Sgt. Craven said. A warden service airplane is aiding in the search. Searchers also are combing the shores of Long Pond and checking at nearby camps. It the search proves unsuccessful by nightfall, it will be suspended and resume in the morning.

Assisting at the scene are members of the Mount Desert Police Department; firefighters from Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor and Tremont; the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service; Acadia National Park rangers; and Mount Desert Search and Rescue.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander