Police identify two men found dead in motel sewage tank

Posted Sept. 27, 2011, at 2:11 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 27, 2011, at 11:06 p.m.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Two men who worked for a pump-repair company were found dead Tuesday in a sewage tank they were working on at a Kennebunkport motel.

Winfield Studley, 58, of Windsor and Richard Kemp, 70 of Monmouth were found floating in the tank shortly after 11 a.m. at The Lodge at Turbat’s Creek, Police Chief Craig Sanford said.

The men were employees of Stevens Electric & Pump Service, a Monmouth company that was doing work at the motel.

Police found the men in the tank after getting a call from somebody who said they couldn’t locate the workers, Sanford said.

The bodies were taken to the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death. Sanford said he didn’t want to speculate on whether the deaths were the result of a medical problem, an equipment malfunction or some other factor.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

OSHA spokesman Ted Fitzgerald said an inspector will try to determine what happened and whether any workplace safety standards were violated. The inspection report could take up to six months to complete.