Portland man drowns in lake at Scarborough campground; police suspect alcohol as a cause

Posted June 30, 2014, at 8:24 a.m.
Last modified June 30, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Gorham police on Monday identified Giot Nguyen, 45, of Portland as the man drowned while swimming Sunday at the lake in Wassamki Springs Campground.

Nguyen was not wearing a life jacket and police suspect alcohol was a factor in the drowning, according to Lt. Christopher Sanborn of the Gorham Police Department.

“Obviously, it’s not a good idea to consume alcohol and boat, and it’s not a good idea to consume alcohol when swimming either,” Sanborn told the BDN by phone Monday.

Gorham and Scarborough rescue crews responded to the campground around 2:20 p.m. Sunday, CBS 13 reported. They say a 45-year-old man was trying to swim to a small island located in the middle of the lake when he had trouble and went under water.

Family members and witnesses brought the man to shore on the island and performed CPR. Gorham and Scarborough first responders also tried reviving the man but they were unsuccessful, according to CBS 13.

“We’re doing some additional follow-up in the next day or so, and we will be talking to some additional witnesses,” Sanborn said.

Information from WGME, CBS 13, a media partner of the BDN, is included in this report.