MATTAWAMKEAG (AP) – The Maine Warden Service resumed a search Thursday for a missing fisherman whose boat was swamped by water from a dam on the Penobscot River near Mattawamkeag.

Wardens had begun the search Wednesday night and suspended it shortly after midnight because of high, fast water.

Authorities said the missing boater, Wayne Crosby of East Millinocket, was fishing below the dam with his brother and a friend when the incident occurred at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night.

The 20-foot boat, powered by a 6-horsepower motor, was about 20 yards from the falls below the dam, which is located off Route 157, when its engine went out.

The boat, carrying Wayne Crosby, his brother Mark, also of East Millinocket, and Gilbert Chaboux of East Millinocket was pulled under the falls. Authorities said the three men were thrown from the boat.

Chaboux made it to shore and was transported to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln by Lincoln Fire and Rescue. Mark Crosby was able to keep himself above water on a small island and was rescued from the water about an hour after the incident occurred. He also went to Penobscot Valley Hospital.

Late Thursday night, the warden service again suspended the seach. The search will again resume on Friday.


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