Bath man drowns after fishing accident

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BRUNSWICK — A 38-year old Bath man drowned in the Androscoggin River on July 10 after a fishing accident.

According to Deputy Police Chief Marc Hagan, William Clark was fishing with his girlfriend on a sandbar near Baybridge Landing around 3 p.m. After receiving a tug on his pole, he stepped into the water on the far side of the sand bar. The water on that side is very deep, and he was immediately in over his head.

Clark’s girlfriend reportedly attempted to rescue him, but she was pulled in, too. According to Hagan, the woman said the current was very strong and they were unable to make it back to the sandbar.

A passing kayaker saw the woman struggling in the water and was able to tow her to shore, but Clark could not be found. The kayaker called 911 and rescue personnel from 11 departments responded.

Divers from the Maine State Police Dive Team found Clark’s body at 6:55 p.m. approximately 30 feet from the sandbar.