Man missing after trying to swim across Aroostook County lake

Posted July 28, 2012, at 10:43 a.m.
Last modified July 28, 2012, at 11:57 a.m.

MAPLETON, Maine — Police are searching for a man who went missing while attempting to swim across an Aroostook County lake at about 10:30 Friday evening, according to officials.

The 30-year-old man, whose name has not been released pending notification of his family, was part of a group of four friends that was drinking and swimming at Hanson Lake near the Presque Isle airport, according to a news release from Maine Warden Service spokesman John MacDonald.

The man attempted to swim across the lake, which is approximately 250 yards wide, by himself, according to the release, and made it a considerable distance before his friends heard calls for help.

The man is assumed dead although he was not seen going underwater due to darkness, according to MacDonald, but “all efforts are being made to confirm this.”

Rescue crews are searching both on land and in the water. The Maine Warden Service has conducted one dive and is in the process of a second, but poor water visibility has made the search difficult, MacDonald stated.

Maine State Police, and the Presque Isle police and fire departments have assisted the Maine Warden Service.