MADAWASKA, Maine — State game wardens and emergency response personnel from Maine and New Brunswick were called to Long Lake late Wednesday afternoon to search for a man presumed to have drowned off Birch Point on the northeast shore of Long Lake.
Authorities did not immediately release the name of the man they were searching for, a St. Agatha man believed to be in his 20s, because family members were still being notified Wednesday night.
The search was suspended at nightfall but is schedule to resume early today, according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
According to Turcotte and members of the man’s family, the incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m., when the man dived into the water to retrieve a child’s float toy and failed to resurface.
Six game wardens, including a pilot, were sent to Birch Point. Also involved in the search were public safety officials from Madawaska, ambulance personnel from Fort Kent and a dive team from Edmundston, N.B., Turcotte said.
Turcotte said Wednesday night that members of the warden service’s dive team from around the state were being deployed to Madawaska to assist with the search.