April 24, 2018
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Cherryfield man dies after boating accident

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

CHERRYFIELD, Maine — After searching all night, Maine wardens on Saturday recovered the body of a Cherryfield man who reportedly was involved in a boating accident the day before.

Wardens pulled the body of Jacob Beal, 28, from Schoodic Pond in rural Washington County at about 11 a.m. Saturday, according to Edie Smith, public information officer for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Beal and another man, John Williams, 24, of East Machias, were boating Friday when the small 150-horsepower fishing boat they were in crashed around 6 p.m. Smith said the cause of the accident and exactly what the boat crashed into has yet to be determined.

Both men were thrown into the water. Williams, who recently returned from active duty military service in Afghanistan, surfaced unharmed, according to Smith. Beal did not.

Neither individual was wearing a life jacket.

A dozen game wardens, assisted by Maine State Police troopers, searched the shallow lake late Friday and into Saturday morning. With help of warden service sonar equipment, a body was detected at the bottom. A dive team recovered the body, which was transferred to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta.

The accident is still under investigation, but Smith said wardens believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

“We have no new information, but more should be forthcoming on Monday,” she said Sunday afternoon.

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