A 74-year-old Augusta man drowned in China Lake in front of a family member’s property Saturday afternoon, according to police.

The man, Kenneth Hagen, was last seen standing in neck-deep water in front of his sister’s house in China on the northeast side of the lake when he went under, said Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. When Hagen’s sister, Rosalie Batteese, turned to speak to him, he was gone and didn’t resurface, Reardon said. Batteese called police around 5 p.m. after attempting to find him, Reardon said.

Hagen’s body was found by family members a short time later in shallow water near the property, Reardon said. He estimated Hagen was under water for about 15 minutes.

Emergency responders from China Rescue and Delta Ambulance performed CPR on Hagen for more than 20 minutes but were not able to revive him, Reardon said.

Reardon said it’s not clear what caused Hagen to go under water. The sheriff’s office is awaiting an examination by the state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death, he said.

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