Body of 70 Year Old Georgetown Man Recovered from Kennebec River

Richmond- The body of John Charles Holmes, 70, of Georgetown, who was last seen swimming in the Kennebec River yesterday, has been recovered by the Maine State Police/Marine Patrol Dive Team. Members of the Warden Service Dive Team supported the search effort.

According to Marine Patrol reports, Mr. Holmes was swimming with a friend yesterday afternoon 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 yesterday with members of the dive team and began searching the area near where Mr. Holmes' boat was anchored, but suspended the search last night due to low visibility.

Marine Patrol personnel along with members of the dive team returned to the scene this morning to continue search efforts. His body was located at approximately 8:30 am today by the dive team using a side scan sonar.