Police identify two men found dead in motel sewage tank

Richard Kemp, 70, of Monmouth and Winfield Studley, 58, of Windsor were found dead in a sewage holding tank Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, located at the Lodge at Turbats Creek, Kennebunkport. Both men were employees of Stevens Electric and Pump Services of Monmouth. Kennebunkport Police Chief Craig Sanford said Kemp and Studley were doing work on a pump inside the tank. The bodies are being taken to Augusta for autopsies by the state medical examiner's office.
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Richard Kemp, 70, of Monmouth and Winfield Studley, 58, of Windsor were found dead in a sewage holding tank Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, located at the Lodge at Turbats Creek, Kennebunkport. Both men were employees of Stevens Electric and Pump Services of Monmouth. Kennebunkport Police Chief Craig Sanford said Kemp and Studley were doing work on a pump inside the tank. The bodies are being taken to Augusta for autopsies by the state medical examiner's office.
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.

 

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