Portland man found dead after canoe capsizes in Cathance River

Posted May 27, 2012, at 9:55 a.m.
Last modified May 28, 2012, at 12:36 p.m.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine — A Portland man who had been missing on the Cathance River in Bowdoinham has been found dead, according to the Maine Marine Patrol.

Sgt. Daniel White said the body of 32-year-old Santana Dubon was recovered Sunday afternoon.

The canoeist was not wearing a life jacket, according to the Maine Marine Patrol.

White said Dubon was in a canoe with two family members when the boat capsized around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. The two others made it to shore.

Dubon’s body was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy, White said Monday.

The Coast Guard said one of its helicopters was used Saturday evening in the search. The search continued until about midnight and resumed Sunday at daybreak. Divers, kayakers and a plane were searching the river near the Route 24 bridge in Bowdoinham.

The Cathance is a 16-mile-long river that flows into Merrymeeting Bay.

White on Monday urged that people on the water wear their life jackets.

“It doesn’t get any simpler than that,” he said.

BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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