Man dies swimming in Fore River

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
Posted July 20, 2013, at 4:42 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A man swimming in the Fore River near the Casco Bay Bridge on Friday afternoon was rescued by the Portland Fire Department, but later died at Maine Medical Center.

Just before 5:30 p.m., the South Portland Fire Department went to the Thomas Knight Park dock, directly underneath the bridge, for a report that a man was in distress in the river, Lt. Robb Couture of the South Portland Fire Department said Saturday.

When firefighters arrived, two companions of the man were already out of the water, but the third swimmer no longer was visible, according to Couture.

The South Portland and Portland fireboats were launched, and Portland’s heavy rescue unit searched for the man from atop the Casco Bay Bridge before rescuers on the Portland fire boat found him and took him to the Maine State Pier in Portland.

The man was taken to Maine Medical Center, where he later died, according to Nicole Clegg, spokeswoman for the city of Portland.

The man’s name had not yet been released by authorities on Sunday afternoon.

Couture said the Thomas Knight Park is not a common swimming area and is more frequently used by boaters.

He said he’s not sure what caused the incident, but noted, “Obviously there’s a current and tides moving through the river. It’s fairly strong, and when it goes, it goes.”

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