Search for missing boater ends for the night

Posted June 22, 2010, at 12:03 p.m.

TOWNSHIP 27, Maine — Wardens on Tuesday were back on Big Lake in Washington County to continue the search for a 40-year-old Princeton man who has been missing since he fell out of a boat on Saturday.

The search was suspended for the night about 7 p.m., according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. It will resume this morning, she said.

Turcotte said Tuesday night that weather conditions and visibility were optimal for the search. She said that a warden pilot who flew over the lake was able to see logs and other debris on its bottom. As of Tuesday night, however, there still were no signs of Scott James.

James has been missing since Saturday afternoon when he fell out of a 16-foot open boat into the waters of Big Lake. A teenage boy who was with him in the boat threw a life jacket to him and went into the water in an effort to help. The boy was rescued by nearby campers.

The teen was at the scene on Monday to help searchers pinpoint the area where the accident happened, Turcotte said.

The search remained focused Tuesday around Greenlaw Island near the western shore of the lake, but moved north and east of the original search site, she said. The water is about 24 feet deep.

“They’re following the direction that the wind was blowing over the weekend,” Turcotte said.

Wardens reported that there were high winds and waves at the time of the accident on Saturday.

At this point, wardens have not determined what caused James to fall from the boat into the water.

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