Missing Friendship man found safe

Posted April 23, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — An 83-year-old Friendship man was found safe early Tuesday morning after he went out for a walk the previous evening and became disoriented.

The sheriff’s office received a report at 8:45 p.m. Monday that Donald Simmons Sr. was missing and had last been seen at 6:30 p.m. Monday by a wharf.

Family members and first responders from Friendship and Waldoboro fire departments, as well as members of the Marine Patrol and Maine Warden Service with two search dogs gathered to help find the missing man.

Firefighters searched the roads, allowing the dogs to track in the woods and trails in the area, while the Marine Patrol used a skiff to search the shoreline, according to Carroll.

At approximately 1 a.m. Simmons, unable to walk, was found down on the shore by Marine Patrol Officers Mike Young and Wes Dean, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

Simmons had become confused while on his walk when it got dark, the chief deputy reported. He was doing well otherwise, said Carroll.

Simmons was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for evaluation.

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