A Hope man drowned Saturday afternoon whereas making an attempt to rescue his daughters on a Union pond.
Henry Brooks, 46, was watching his 12- and 13-year-old daughters swimming in Seven Tree Pond at Ayer Park about 4:30 p.m. when one in all his daughters fell into deeper water the place a river runs into the pond, in accordance with Mark Latti, a spokesperson for the Maine Division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
His different daughter tried to rescue her sister, however she additionally fell into the deeper water and each have been swept out by the present farther into the pond, Latti stated Sunday morning.
Listening to their cries for assist, Brooks jumped into the water adopted by his 27-year-old son, who grabbed a lifejacket.
The son was capable of attain his sisters and convey them to security at a close-by dock. When he regarded again, he couldn’t see his father, in accordance with Latti.
Sport wardens, Knox County sheriff’s deputies and first responders from Union searched the world unsuccessfully for Brooks.
Maine Warden Service divers recovered Brooks’ physique about 50 ft from shore in water seven ft deep, not removed from the dock the place his son introduced the ladies.
Brooks’ physique was taken to Halls Funeral Dwelling in Waldoboro, whereas his daughters and son have been taken to PenBay Medical Middle in Rockport for analysis.
No further data was instantly launched.