TOWNSHIP 18 — After an all-night search on 375-acre Schoodic Lake, the Maine Warden Service on Saturday recovered the body of Jacob Beal, 28, of Cherryfield.
Beal was in a 150-hp bass boat Friday with John “Jack” Williams, 24, of East Machias. Williams recently returned from active military duty, serving in Afghanistan.
For a yet-to-be-determined reason, the boat crashed Friday evening around 6, sending both individuals into the lake. Williams was not harmed, but Beal never resurfaced after going into the water.
Bystanders heard Williams’ cries for help and called the Warden Service.
Neither individual was wearing a life jacket, the Warden Service said.
An all-night search ensued in boats and on the shoreline, with 12 Maine game wardens being assisted by the Maine State Police. Schoodic Lake runs between 25 and 35 feet in depth. The Warden Service plane could not be used in the search due to stormy weather. The Warden Service used its side scan sonar, which indicated a body at the bottom of the lake. The Maine Warden Service Dive Team recovered the body at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday. It was then was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.
An investigation is continuing, but wardens do indicate that alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident.