Portland man drowns swimming in Fore River

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PORTLAND — A man who died Friday evening, July 19, after he was pulled from the Fore River earlier that day was identified Sunday as 49-year-old Patrick Flynn of Portland.

City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg released the information late Sunday afternoon.

The South Portland Fire Department went to the Thomas Knight Park dock, underneath the Casco Bay Bridge, just before 5:30 p.m. Friday for a report that a swimmer was in distress in the river, Lt. Robb Couture of the South Portland Fire Department said Saturday.

The South Portland and Portland fire boats were launched, and Portland’s heavy rescue unit searched for Flynn from atop the bridge before rescuers on the Portland fire boat found him and took him to the Maine State Pier in Portland.

Flynn was taken to Maine Medical Center, where he later died, Clegg said Saturday.