PROSPECT, Maine — An 8-year-old boy was located at 1 a.m. Thursday in a remote area of Prospect after being separated from his father during a fishing trip Wednesday afternoon.
Adam Bennoch of Bucksport was found, examined by medical personnel and reunited with his family after a search that included members of the Maine Warden Service, Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, Prospect Fire Department, volunteer search organizations and search dogs.
The warden service was notified about the missing boy by Waldo County Sheriff’s Office about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Adam Bennoch had been fishing with his father Jeremy Bennoch, when they became separated from each other while fishing, according to a press release from the warden service.
After Jeremy Bennoch parked their vehicle at the intersection of Route 1A and Hawes Stream, the two fished south of Route 1A for some time and then headed to the north side, following the stream to the west. Later in the evening the two became separated.
The father immediately began searching and could not find his son, so he notified his wife. Both the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and the warden service were notified. The warden service called Maine Search and Rescue volunteers as well as Maine Search and Rescue Dogs. Game wardens used canoes to search the stream and fire department members searched along the stream bank on foot.
At about 1:30 a.m., MESARD K-9 team Leslie Howe and her Dutch shepherd Eron, found Adam on the south side of Hawes Stream in a remote area. The K-9 team was on the north side of the river and kept in voice contact with him until wardens and Prospect firefighters arrived to take the boy out of the woods. Adam Bennoch was examined by medical personnel and was reunited with his family.
“Fortunately the weather, although wet, brought temperatures that were mild,” Game Warden Lt. Kevin Adam. “In addition, the quick response by MASAR volunteers, local game wardens, and local fire department members, along with the ability to deploy them into remote areas accurately with GPS units made for a quick rescue of Adam Bennoch.”