May 21, 2018
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Empty kayak prompts Piscataquis River search

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A 20-year-old Dover-Foxcroft man who left his overturned sea kayak in the Piscataquis River prompted a search at about 5:40 p.m. that included wardens in the air and on the ground, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department and Guilford firefighters.

Another kayaker was out on the river when he saw a floating paddle. Then he saw a sea kayak that was pulled up on the island in a strange manner across from Foxcroft Academy. The kayaker was concerned that something was amiss, so he looked to see whether someone was in the water. Then he tied the sea kayak to his vessel, towed it to the boat landing in Dover-Foxcroft and called police.

Warden Dan Carroll went to the river and said he became concerned because there was water in the kayak and refreshments had been left behind in it.

“We thought something definitely had happened,” Carroll said.

Carroll initiated a search. While out searching, however, authorities found the father and mother of the owner of the sea kayak were out searching for the kayak.

The wardens learned the man had flipped the kayak over earlier in the day and had swum to shore, leaving the kayak behind.

The search was called off at about 7 p.m.

“It all worked out,” Carroll said.

Wind, rain and darkness hampered the search, he said.

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