The body of Portland man was recovered Sunday afternoon following a three-hour search after he was swept away while swimming in the Presumpscot River. It was the second incident in as many days on Maine waterways and prompted the state’s Warden Service to issue a warning about swimming in the state’s swollen rivers.

Matthew Potvin, 39, of Portland, was swimming late Sunday morning in the river with his fiancée and their dog near the Windham-Standish line when he was caught up in fast-moving water, according to a press release issued by the Maine Warden Service. The incident occured at 11:30 a.m. and Potvin’s body was found about 200 yards downstream from where the couple was swimming at 2:28 p.m.

According to the Maine Warden Service, Potvin yelled to his fiancée, Meghan Devine, also of Portland, for help. A search for Potvin was organized shortly after that. His body was transported to Dolby’s Funeral Home in Windham where it will be examined Monday by the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office.

Sunday’s incident was the second in 48 hours handled by Maine game wardens.

A Pennsylvania teenager was swept 2.5 miles downstream after being caught up in fast-moving waters while swimming in the Penobscot River near Baxter State Park on Friday night. The girl was able to get ashore to safety, where she was later found by rescue crews.

In its press release about Sunday’s death, the Maine Warden Service strongly urged the public to use caution and wear life jackets when swimming, canoeing, kayaking or boating on the state’s inland waters, which may appear calm on the surface, but could have swift-moving underlying currents.


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