Search continues for Olympian's father in Megunticook Lake
Camden — James B. Wescott, 71, drowned, apparently after experiencing a medical emergency while rowing with a friend on Megunticook Lake around 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, according to a press release from the Maine Warden Service.
Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald confirmed Wescott is the father of Olympic gold medal snowboarder Seth Wescott.
Lincolnville Fire Department and the Warden Service brought boats to search for the missing man. Northeast Mobile Health Services, Camden Police and Camden Fire Department also responded to the scene. The Lake Warden was involved as well, and private boaters also aided in the search.
The friend with whom Wescott was rowing, each in his own single scull, told emergency responders at the scene he was about 100 yards from Wescott when he saw he had stopped rowing, but had not lost an oar. “He let go of his oars and he grabbed his chest,” the friend said.
He called out to Wescott “Hang on, I'm coming.” As he was turning his boat and rowing to the other scull, he saw that Wescott had gotten free of the scull's shoes and had draped himself over his boat. “I thought it was just going to be a matter of towing him to shore,” said the friend.
But by the time he got to the other boat, “I couldn't see him.” the man said. He added that something must have gone wrong, because Wescott was “too good a sculler to just fall over. He didn't hit anything. He just stopped rowing.”
The Wardens Service press release said emergency personnel are on scene and divers are searching for Wescott's body.
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, ride her ATV and play word games.