Man found in water near Belfast pier

Posted Jan. 17, 2010, at 1:57 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A group of people were working frantically early Sunday afternoon in an attempt to revive a man who had been found in Belfast Bay.

The scene at Heritage Park near the foot of Main Street was grim, with a tight cluster of more than a dozen emergency workers and other people performing CPR and sliding the man’s body onto an orange emergency stretcher. The man appeared to be elderly.

A woman wept while being comforted by two other people, and a teenager standing nearby with damp clothes looked shaken.

A police official on the scene said the man’s identity was not being released pending notification of family members. He did say officers had been looking for the man since 7 a.m. Sunday.

The first emergency call on the police scanner reported that the man had been found at Belfast City Park and an ambulance, police cars and a rescue truck were speeding that way when they learned he was at Heritage Park, close to the city pier.

Members of Calvary Chapel in Belfast also had been searching for the man, who evidently was a member of that church.

“The church asked us all to help find him,” said Adrian Arbo, who was at the scene.

A teenage church member initially found the man in the water, he said, and other members performed CPR until emergency crews arrived to take over.

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