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Search suspended for missing man in Androscoggin River

Maine Marine Patrol is searching for a missing man who, according to eye witness reports, fell from his boat into the Androscoggin River near Brunswick last night. (WGME)

BRUNSWICK (WGME) -- Maine Marine Patrol is suspended their search Saturday afternoon for a missing man who, according to eye witness reports, fell from his boat into the Androscoggin River near Brunswick Friday night.

The man, Stephen Wines, 27 of Bailey Island, was on board a small boat in the Androscoggin with his brother William, 30 of Bailey Island, when eye witnesses on shore reported seeing them pass by in the water. The incident was reported to 911 at approximately 8:40 p.m.

Lifeflight of Maine and the Brunswick Fire Department conducted a search while Marine Patrol and Brunswick Police Department conducted an investigation of the incident last evening.

The boat has been recovered and life jackets were on board, however reports indicate that neither man was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

According to Marine Patrol reports, William made it to shore and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released.

The Marine Patrol along with Brunswick Police Department and the State Police/Marine Patrol Dive Team continued the search Saturday morning, focusing their efforts near Bay Bridge Landing.

Volunteers in boats joined Maine Marine Patrol boats and a plane, with searchers fanning out around low tide around 11 a.m. Saturday. Maine State Police divers also searched areas of deeper water.

After all of the "high probably areas" were searched, the effort was suspended as the tide rose ahead of Sunday's expected heavy rains.

Sgt. Mark Talbot of the Maine Marine Patrol said the search will resume as the weather allows, possibly waiting until Monday.


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