May 26, 2018
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Kennebec River drowning victim identified

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

BATH, Maine — The Bath Police Department has released the name of a man who drowned Thursday morning in the Kennebec River.

According to a press release, the man was John C. Farrell, 51, of York Street. A person walking a dog at Bath’s South End Park noticed Farrell trying to swim in the river at around 6:40 a.m. Thursday. The person was able to flag down a nearby security boat, which was on patrol in the waters around Bath Iron Works.

Personnel in the boat pulled Farrell’s unconscious body from the water and tried to revive him as they brought him to an ambulance, which was waiting at Waterfront Park near downtown Bath. Attempts to revive Farrell were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bath Police Chief Michael Field said Friday that because the tide was coming in early Thursday and the current in the river was flowing inland, it is not believed that Farrell jumped from the Sagadahoc Bridge, which spans the Kennebec between Bath and Woolwich.

The circumstances leading to Farrell being in the river wearing street clothes and a jacket may never be known, according to the press release. No suicide note or related message was found.

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