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July 20, 2012
Two Subjects Survive Canoing Incident
Alexander, Maine - At 3:38 this morning, the Maine Warden Service received a report of an overturned canoe on Pleasant Lake in Alexander; Washington County. Kyle L. Perkins, 26, of Glenburn, Maine was one of two occupants in the canoe. Perkins made it to shore but could not account for the second occupant, Cody R. Hummer, 19, of Barrington, New Hampshire.
Maine Game Wardens Jim Martin and Brad Richard responded and were assisted by members of Alexander Fire & Rescue and local citizens. A search immediately began for the missing boater. Perkins reported that the incident occurred between 1:00 and 1:30 AM and that he was in the water for an extended period of time. Perkins tried swimming with the overturned canoe but Hummer left the canoe and swam towards the southern shoreline near Pleasant Lake Campground.
A door-to-door check of camps along the South Shore Road was conducted. Alexander Fire and first responders located Hummer in an unoccupied camp. He was able to enter the camp and get warm. Hummer was shaken and cold but did not require further medical treatment. Personal flotation devises were not in use and alcohol is considered to be a contributing factor in this incident.
The Maine Warden Services reminds all boaters to wear a lifejacket and to never drink alcohol and operate watercraft whether motorized or non-motorized such as a canoe or kayak.
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