Waterville and Winslow police and fire officials scoured the area of Donald V. Carter Memorial Bridge on Friday morning after a caller reported seeing a man on the bridge looking as if he were going to jump.

Waterville fire Capt. Rodney Alderman led rescue operations from the boat landing off Water Street, launching a rescue boat into the Kennebec River at 11:07 a.m., just north of the bridge, which connects Waterville and Winslow.

In the boat were Waterville firefighter Glen Bordas and rescue technician Ryan Cote, who traveled south along the west side of the river to the sewage treatment plant and then back again through the river’s middle channel, but they reported finding nothing.

Alderman then told them to bring the boat back to the boat landing.

The caller who reported seeing the man on the bridge said the man had one hand on the bridge rail, but when the caller looked again, he wasn’t there.

“After searching the surrounding riverbanks and roads, all agencies were unable to locate this individual,” Winslow police Chief Shawn O’Leary said in a news release.


O’Leary said officials couldn’t confirm whether a person had jumped off the bridge.

Fire and police officials also were stationed on the bridge during the operations, and a Delta Ambulance crew stood by at the boat landing.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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