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Presque Isle canoer found after family worries about overdue appearance

Photo courtesy of Maine Warden Service
Photo courtesy of Maine Warden Service
James W. Nadeau of Presque Isle, found by the Maine Warden Service around 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

CHAPMAN, Maine — A Presque Isle man who was overdue from a canoeing trip on the Presque Isle Stream was found late on Wednesday night by the Maine Warden Service.

Cpl. John McDonald said Thursday that the search for James W. Nadeau, 61, began at approximately 8 p.m. when he failed to return from a canoe trip.

Nadeau had been dropped off near Burnt Land Brook in T10 R3 WELS at about noon Wednesday and had planned to paddle to Presque Isle, a distance of over 15 miles. The plan was for him to be picked up at 2 p.m.

When he failed to arrive as scheduled, family and friends searched the stream by boat. McDonald said that the incident was of particular concern since Nadeau is diabetic.

Wardens Alan Dudley and Kevin Pelkey began searching at the point where Nadeau began his trip while Wardens Ethan Buck and Ryan Fitzpatrick started working their way upstream. The extremely low water conditions made paddling nearly impossible. The wardens were forced to drag their canoes much of the way and paddled when they were able, according to McDonald.

Nadeau was located just after 11 p.m. by Wardens Buck and Fitzpatrick on the stream in Chapman.

“Even with two people in a canoe, the paddling was terrible,” said McDonald. “Mr. Nadeau grew fatigued and became somewhat stranded. We were lucky to find him and are happy about the outcome.”

Nadeau was tired but in good spirits and said he was sorry to have caused “such a fuss.”

Acting Sgt. Jeff Spencer managed the incident.

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