May 26, 2018
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Wardens search for Caribou man missing in Aroostook River

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

CARIBOU, Maine — Wardens will wait for daylight Monday to resume the search for an 18-year-old male who is missing after attempting to swim across the Aroostook River while gathering fiddleheads Sunday evening.

According to Warden Sgt. Daniel Menard, four people were picking fiddleheads along the banks of the river near the Caribou boat launch just before 6 p.m. when three of them decided to use a bridge to cross the river and the fourth attempted to swim.

“The water is quite cold and there is quite a bit of current,” Menard said Sunday night. “He was last seen 200 yards down from where he went in.”

Officials are not releasing the man’s name pending notification of family, Menard said.

Witnesses reported seeing the man in the river, he said.

Multiple agencies took part in a search four miles down the river with four boats and the warden plane from the air. Searchers also walked the shore in case the man had managed to pull himself from the river, Menard said.

In all seven wardens were joined by around 20 members of Caribou fire and ambulance, officers with the Caribou Police Department and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The search was called off around 8:30 p.m. with the loss of daylight, and agencies planned to resume Monday morning with the addition of a warden dive team, Menard said.

“We want to try to get as much of the area covered as we can,” he said. “But at this point he is considered missing and presumed drowned.”

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