MOUNT DESERT, Maine — The search for a missing Tremont man believed to have been aboard a boat that capsized on Long Pond late Wednesday was called off for the night around 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The search is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Saturday, although weather is expected to be a factor, according to Doug Rafferty, a Maine Warden Service spokesman.
The body of the man’s fishing companion, who was found in the pond on Thursday, has been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta, Sgt. David Craven of the Maine Warden Service said Friday morning. The search efforts began Thursday afternoon after someone saw the capsized boat around 1 p.m.
Missing is Cory Farley, 38, of Tremont, who celebrated his birthday Wednesday by going fishing on the pond, which is about 4 miles long north to south, according to wardens. The pond is less than a mile across at its widest point.
Wardens say that a friend of Farley’s, 66-year-old Richard Weimer of Charlton, Mass., went fishing with him on Wednesday. Craven said that the men last were seen alive around 3 p.m. when they were fishing on the pond in the 12-foot aluminum boat that searchers later recovered.
Weimer had spoken to his wife by phone around 8 a.m. Wednesday and told her he and Farley were planning to fish on the pond, Craven said.
Farley has family on MDI but lives by himself, wardens said Friday, which likely is why no one reported him missing Wednesday evening. Wardens believed the boat flipped on the pond in the late afternoon or early evening on Wednesday, when they say a strong wind was blowing from the northwest.
Farley’s vehicle was still parked at the pond’s northern end, near the boat launch, when another warden first arrived at the scene on Thursday afternoon, Craven said.
Searchers with the Mount Desert police and fire departments, Acadia National Park and the Maine Warden Service used four boats throughout the day Friday to search for signs of Farley in the pond and along the shore. A warden service plane that searchers used Thursday afternoon was unavailable Friday because of fog and low cloud cover. Searchers from the Southwest Harbor Fire Department, MDI Search & Rescue and the Coast Guard had assisted with the search on Thursday.
As they did the day before, searchers on Friday used side-scan sonar to look for anything in the water that might relate to the two men. Divers were available to take a closer look if anything out of the ordinary was located, wardens said.
Craven said searchers checked nearby camps on the shore Friday to see if there might be any indication that Farley may have made it to shore. He said the main thrust of the search was on and in the water, but officials were keeping open the possibility that Farley was not in the pond.
All camps were searched Friday with no sign of Farley, Rafferty said. He said, however, that search teams will continue to search the shoreline.
On Saturday, members of Maine Search and Rescue Dogs will conduct a training exercise in conjunction with the search.
Bangor Daily News writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.