July 15, 2016

Two dead after drowning in Mattawamkeag River - Island Falls

A man and boy are dead this evening after drowning in the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River. The adult male has been identified as Jamie Main, 49, from Crystal, Maine. The boy was Kobe Berry, 13, from Bangor. Maine Game Wardens, Island Falls Fire Department, and Maine State Police responded at 3:30 this afternoon to the report of two subjects that were presumed drowned.

The victims had been swimming in the river in Island Falls. Witnesses stated seeing a juvenile subject struggling in the current near the middle of the river. An adult male swam to the juvenile to attempt a rescue when both became submerged. A search began and included the use of watercraft, aircraft, and foot searches along the river. Main’s body was recovered at 6:00 PM and Berry was recovered at 8:00 PM this evening.