BRIDGTON, Maine — State game wardens have recovered the body of a 19-year-old Hollis Center man who disappeared shortly before noon Wednesday after falling from a pontoon boat.
Jesse Nicholas Cardone’s body was recovered at 6:10 p.m. Thursday after being located by Maine Warden Service side scan sonar in 42 feet of water, Cpl. John MacDonald said in a news release. The search area was about 10 acres, he said.
Cardone, who had been riding near the front of the pontoon boat, was presumed to have drowned since shortly after he fell overboard, he went beneath the watercraft, MacDonald said. He was not wearing a life jacket.
MacDonald said Wednesday that Cardone was a passenger in a rented pontoon boat with seven other family members from Maine and Texas. They said that Cardone came in contact with the boat after he fell and said that they saw him floating briefly before he disappeared beneath the surface of the water.
Cardone’s body has been released to Chandler Funeral home in South Paris. The medical examiner’s office will examine the body on Friday.
The death remains under investigation by the Maine Warden Service.
The Maine Warden Service was assisted by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Naples harbor master, Bridgton Fire & Rescue, United Ambulance and Naples Fire & Rescue during the two-day recovery effort.