June 18, 2018
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Jonesport man’s body found in surf

By Diana Graettinger

BEALS ISLAND, Maine — A multi-agency search spearheaded by the U.S. Coast Guard lead to the recovery of a Jonesport man who went missing on Wednesday.

A local resident found the body of Roy Lenfesty, 60, of Jonesport at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the surf near Indian Point on Beals Island. U.S Coast Guard officials said in a press release Thursday.

Lenfesty kept a small sailboat moored near Beals Island. On Wednesday morning, Lenfesty left the island to check on his sailboat, something he did ever day.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, his wife became concerned when he didn’t call her Wednesday afternoon. She asked a family friend to check on him.

The friend called Coast Guard Station Jonesport at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday when he found Lenfesty’s boat overturned on some the rocks. Attached was his dingy with some of his personal belongings inside.

Station Jonesport launched a 27-foot rescue boat, and the First District Command Center in Boston diverted a Falcon jet that was already in the area. Maine Marine Patrol, the Washington County Police Department and local volunteers also assisted in the search.

The Good Samaritan located Lenfesty’s body roughly 200 yards south of the sailboat, the press release said.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said Thursday that Lenfesty’s body was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

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