Marine Patrol Searching for 70 Year Old Georgetown Man Missing in the Kennebec River

Richmond- The Maine Marine Patrol along with members of the Maine State Police/Marine Patrol/Warden Service Dive Team are returning to the Kennebec River near Swan Island in Richmond this morning to search for John Charles Holmes, 70, of Georgetown, who was last seen swimming in the river yesterday at approximately 3:30 pm.

According to Marine Patrol reports, Mr. Holmes was swimming with a friend and was unable to return to their vessel which was anchored approximately a half mile south of the town landing in Richmond. His friend was able to return to their boat and called 911 when she witnessed him struggling in the current.

Marine Patrol responded to the scene with members of the dive team and began searching the area near the town boat launch where Mr. Holmes' boat was anchored. They were assisted in the search yesterday by a Maine Forest Service plane, which provided search support from the air.

Marine Patrol personnel along with members of the dive team will return to the scene this morning to continue search efforts.