Late night canoe accident keeps Washington County rescuers busy

Posted July 20, 2012, at 5:03 p.m.
Last modified July 20, 2012, at 6:22 p.m.

ALEXANDER, Maine — Members of the Maine Warden Service and other first responders were busy Friday, heading up a search for a missing boater who went into Pleasant Lake in rural Washington County just after 1 a.m.

Maine Game Wardens Jim Martin and Brad Richard, members of Alexander Fire and Rescue and local citizens began searching at 3:38 a.m. for Cody Hummer of Barrington, N.H., who was reported missing by his canoeing companion, Kyle Perkins, 26, of Glenburn.

Perkins reported that he and Hummer went into the water between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Perkins tried swimming with the overturned canoe, but Hummer left the canoe and swam toward the southern shoreline near a Pleasant Lake campground.

According to the Warden Service, a door-to-door check of camps along South Shore Road was conducted by Alexander first responders, who located Hummer in an unoccupied camp, where he was able to warm up. He did not require medical treatment.

The Warden Service noted that life jackets were not being worn and that alcohol was a likely contributing factor in the incident.

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