June 25, 2018
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Man’s body recovered after Piscataquis boating accident

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BOWERBANK, Maine — The body of veteran Foxcroft Academy teacher James Brown was recovered from First Buttermilk Pond in Bowerbank on Sunday afternoon after the boat he was traveling in with four friends took on water and overturned.

The search continues for Robert Pomeroy, who went into the cold water when the boat capsized.

Two other men, Kevin Stitham, 56, a local district court judge, and David Perkins, 50, were able to make it to shore after the boat sank at around 4:15 p.m., but Brown, 57, and Pomeroy, 56, never made it to land.

The four are lifelong friends from Dover-Foxcroft who were staying at a hunting camp on First Buttermilk Pond where they had been going for years, Warden Lt. Pat Dorian said by phone Sunday.

“They decided to go across the pond to visit friends,” he said.

Their vessel, a 12-foot V-hull Duratech, began taking on water soon after leaving. Stitham noticed the water and directed Perkins, who reportedly was driving the boat, to head to shore, Dorian said.

“Within a matter of seconds, the boat capsized,” he said, throwing all four men into the water.

Perkins stayed with the boat and the others took lifejackets and attempted to swim to shore. It’s believed that only Stitham made it.

“He crawled up the shore,” Dorian said. Then he “headed in the direction of a camp were he knew they had a boat.”

He found a rowboat and returned to the scene and found Perkins. The two, both suffering from hypothermia, searched the area for their friends, yelling their names, to no avail.

Seventeen game wardens, a state trooper and members of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department and the Bowerbank and Milo fire departments were involved in the search.

“There is no doubt that this is going to have a huge emotional impact on the Dover-Foxcroft community,” Dorian said. “They were all well known and well-liked people.”

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