November 1, 2020

MDIFW NEWS: Maine Warden Service Dive Team To Search For New York Man Who Likely Drowned

WOODSTOCK, Maine - The Maine Warden Service plans to resume searching for a New York man who likely drowned in Bryant Pond earlier today. Yohanna Milad Israel Rizk, age 28 of New York City, had gone kayaking earlier today on Bryant Pond, when his kayak flipped over dumping him into the 47 degree water around 1:30 this afternoon. Rizk, an inexperienced kayaker, was not wearing a life jacket and did not know how to swim, struggled to grab the kayak before going under according to friends who witnessed the event from shore. Two friends grabbed two kayaks and went onto the pond to look for him, but found no sign of him. The Maine Warden Service and Woodstock Fire Department searched with boats this afternoon but did not locate Rizk. A Maine Game Warden and his K9 did find a glove Rizk was wearing that had washed ashore. The Maine Warden Service dive team plans to start diving tomorrow at 8:00 a.m., and plans to utilize side scan sonar as well. The area Rizk was kayaking is approximately 40 feet deep. More information will be released as it becomes available.