LAMOINE — A man who may have been feeding the trout in a pond on his property Wednesday appears to have fallen into the water and drowned, according to a Maine Warden Service official.
George “Wes” Carr, 63, of Walker Road was discovered near the edge of the small pond at approximately 1:30 p.m. by two of his daughters, said spokesman Paul Reynolds of the Maine Warden Service of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The man’s orange hat was found floating in the water.
Rachel Budwine, one of Carr’s daughters, who is a critical care nurse, tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate her father with CPR, said Reynolds. He said both the pond’s water and the man’s core body temperature were very low.
Carr was transported to the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, where he was officially pronounced dead. The actual cause of death is still under investigation, according to a hospital spokesman. District Game Warden Phil Richter and Warden Pat Devlin will continue to investigate the incident.
A dish of fish food pellets found by the pond caused wardens to believe the man was feeding the trout in the pond. Investigators have ruled out foul play for the time being.
Lamoine’s administrative assistant, Stu Marckoon, present at the scene as a volunteer ambulance driver, said the body of water in which the man was found is a small duck pond not far from Carr’s mobile home.
Marckoon said he believed Carr was retired. “He was a very nice man who came into the register his car and pay his taxes on time,” said Marckoon.