Body of Anson man found in Kennebec River

Posted July 25, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.

ANSON, Maine — The body of a 21-year-old local man who disappeared while swimming in the Kennebec River on Thursday night was found Friday, officials said.

Maine Warden Service officials recovered the body of Jordan Cummings shortly before 9 a.m. in 12 feet of water, according to Warden Service Lt. Kevin Adam.

Cummings went missing at 7:40 p.m. Thursday, according to Adam, after he attempted to swim across the river.

One of two friends Cummings was with jumped in the water in attempt to save him but could not do so, the lieutenant said.

“Cummings was attempting to swim to a rope swing located across the river,” Adam said.

Witnesses immediately summoned for help, and Anson and Madison firefighters, along with the Warden Service, Somerset County sheriff’s deputies and other personnel searched for Cummings Thursday night without success.

Search efforts resumed 7 a.m. Friday, and Cummings’ body was found about 25 minutes after divers entered the water, Adam said. Cummings was located close to where he had been last seen.

Route 201A, which runs close to the river in the search area, was closed to traffic for much of Friday morning.

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