Wardens Search Flagstaff Lake for Missing Canoeist
The Maine Warden Service is searching Flagstaff Lake for a woman who hasn't been seen since her canoe overturned.
UPDATE: Caitlin Guinta's body was recovered on Tuesday, September 22nd, by State Police/Maine Marine Patrol divers.
Officials say 31-year-old Caitlin Guinta of York, her boyfriend Ned Roche, her brother Kyle Guinta, and their dog were headed to their campsite on the lake when their canoe overturned at approximately 5:20 Saturday evening. Wardens say the occupants were not wearing their life jackets, but the two men grabbed theirs after the canoe overturned and were able to make it to shore. The dog also swam safely to shore, but the woman had disappeared. The two men, who were already hypothermic, began hiking out to a road to find help. It took an hour of walking, but they were able to call 911 just before 9:00. The Maine Warden Service responded and started searching at 10:00 Saturday night.
The search continued on Sunday and Monday, with Warden Service divers combing the lake, a Game Warden pilot searching from the air, and K9 units looking along the shore, but to no avail. The search is expected to begin again on Tuesday morning.
Wardens have been assisted by the New Portland Fire Department and Maine Search and Rescue Dogs. (MESARD)
We'll update this story as more details become available.