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June 17, 2012
Maine Game Wardens investigate a second weekend drowning
Rangeley, Maine - The Maine Warden Service is investigating a second drowning that occurred over the weekend. Anthony Schulte, age 82 of New York City, was swimming off the end of his dock at his summer home on Cupsuptic Lake in Rangeley. Mr. Schulte did not surface. Elizabeth Schulte, the wife of Mr. Schulte who witnessed the incident, called 911. Rescue personnel from Rangeley Fire Department, as well as the Maine Warden Service responded.
A civilian boater on the lake located Mr. Schulte in approximately 15 feet of water. Rescue personnel brought him to the surface and then to shore where CPR was started. Mr. Schulte was pronounced dead at the scene after life-support efforts failed to resuscitate him. The exact cause of death will be determined by the office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Wardens Reggie Hammond, Patrick Egan, Jonathan Parker, and Sergeant Scott Thrasher all responded.
UPDATE - BOWTOWN TWP, MAINE – JUNE 15, 2012: Paul Anthony Bernhardt, age 20, from Flushing, New York drowned while swimming in Pierce Pond in Bowtown TWP on Friday, June 15 just before dark. Witnesses say that the Bernhardt had hiked nearly 20 miles on the AT earlier in the day and stated he attempted to swim across a small cove near the outlet of Pierce Pond. He went under about 35 yards from shore.
Rescue personnel eventually located Bernhardt in nearly 15 feet of water, but could not retrieve him. Game Warden Sergeant Glenn Annis, Wardens Josh Bubier, Dan Carroll, Kris MacCabe and volunteers retrieved the victim at 11:30 PM. Pleasant Ridge Fire and Upper Kennebec Valley Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene.
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