TOWNSHIP 27, Maine — Civilian boaters assisting the Maine Warden Service located the body of Scott James, 40, of Princeton at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday on Big Lake in Township 27.
The Maine Warden Service recovered the body, which was taken to Mays Funeral Home in Calais.
The Warden Service and volunteer searchers had resumed the search for James at 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The body was found on the water’s surface about 300 yards off Greenlaw Island,
James had been boating with a 16-year-old family member late Saturday afternoon when the boat hit a wave, knocking him out of the back of the boat and into the water near Greenlaw Island. The teen threw James a life jacket and jumped into the water to help him. James struggled in the water and went under.
The teen swam toward shore and was picked up on the lake by two campers who heard his cries for help.
Fourteen game wardens, including divers and a pilot, and a dozen civilian volunteers in six boats conducted the search, which was in its fifth day, according to Lt. Tom Ward.
“There’s a tight-knit, friendly community in the Big Lake, Grand Lake Stream and Princeton areas, and volunteers were wanting to help find their friend,” Ward said. “They brought water and food to all of the searchers and opened up their camps for people to stay overnight. The Maine Warden Service is thankful for their ef-forts over the last four days.”
The case remains under investigation and is being referred to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, which is standard procedure.