July 25, 2014

Body Of Missing Swimmer Recovered This Morning

MADISON, Maine -- The Maine Warden Service recovered the body Jordan Cummings, Age 21 of Anson, who drowned last night while swimming on the Kennebec River in Anson. The body was recovered at 8:55 this morning in approximately 12 feet of water.

Cummings disappeared while swimming last night at approximately 7:40 p.m. after he attempted to swim across the river and then appeared to be having trouble in the water. One of two friends who was with him jumped into the water and attempted to save him but was unsuccessful. Cummings was attempting to swim to a rope swing located across the river.

Emergency crews were notified immediately by the witnesses, and the Anson and Madison fire departments along with other emergency service personnel searched for the victim last night along the shore and with boats but were unsuccessful. Somerset County Sheriff?s office and the Maine Warden Service also searched last night.

Searchers reconvened this morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. and divers entered the water at approximately 8:30 a.m. The body was recovered at 8:55 a.m. not far from where Cummings was last seen. The Anson and Madison fire departments and the Somerset County Sheriff?s office assisted the Maine Warden Service with the search and recovery operations on the Kennebec River.

Due to the proximity of Route 201A (River Road) to the area being searched on the river, the road was closed this morning to assist rescue teams. Recreational boating traffic was also restricted on that area of the Kennebec.