TOWNSHIP 6, RANGE 12 (AP) – Two Maine men died Monday following a boating accident on Chamberlain Lake on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

The accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. when three men were transporting their camping and fishing gear in a 17-foot boat with a canoe behind it. The boat took on water over the stern before capsizing, according to the Maine Warden Service.

The victims were identified as Kevin Grant, 30, of Houlton and Douglas Harmon, 34, of Scarborough. Officials said they were wearing life jackets at the time of the accident.

A third man, Scott Valente of Raymond, was rescued after staying afloat by hanging onto a waterproof gear bag. A dog that was in the boat was not found.

The deaths were the third and fourth drownings in four days in Maine.

In Van Buren, warden divers on Saturday recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy, Lucas Lavoie, who jumped into the Saint John River and struggled in the cold water, said Mark Latti, spokesman for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

In Islesboro, the body of 6-year-old Aineslee Bell was recovered Friday night from a man-made pond behind her home, authorities said.

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