Farmingdale man dies after canoe capsizes

Posted Sept. 06, 2009, at 10:46 p.m.

JEFFERSON, Maine — A Farmingdale man died Sunday evening after capsizing in a canoe on Damariscotta Lake.

Kenneth J. Soucy, 43, was canoeing with his son Alex Soucy, 23, of Jefferson at about 2:15 p.m. when their vessel capsized, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The men were about 30 feet from shore where the lake was roughly 7 feet deep, according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Kenneth Soucy went underwater, and didn’t come back up, the press release said.

“It’s a presumed drowning,” Turcotte said.

The incident is under investigation.

A neighbor, Terry Beal, saw the accident from shore and went into the lake to pull Kenneth Soucy above the water and onto land, according to the department. He performed CPR on Kenneth Soucy until rescue crews arrived, Turcotte said. Alex Soucy swam to shore. The men had life jackets in the canoe, but were not wearing them, she said.

Kenneth Soucy was taken to Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, where he died just before 9 p.m., Turcotte said.

The state medical examiner will officially determine the cause of death, she said.

It is the second canoe fatality on Damariscotta Lake this season, according to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Web site. Victor Hardmon of Norton, Mass., drowned in June when his canoe capsized on a fishing trip with a friend. In that incident, neither man was wearing a life jacket.

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