A Corinna man was found dead Thursday afternoon in Lake Wassookeag in Dexter after he left his property, took a personal watercraft out onto the lake and then was seen floating in the water, supported by his life vest, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Gerry Marshall, 69, had gone on a JetSki-type craft to retrieve his pontoon boat, which had drifted away from his property, when construction workers at his camp saw he was in the water, according to a news release from Cpl. John MacDonald, of the Maine Warden Service.

Marshall was floating in the water, held at the surface by his life vest, and the workers brought him to shore and attempted lifesaving measures, MacDonald said.

Dexter EMS attempted lifesaving measures as well, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, MacDonald said.

The cause of death hasn’t been determined and remains under investigation, MacDonald said. Marshall’s body will be examined by the medical examiner’s office.

Besides Dexter Ambulance and the Warden Service, the town’s police and fire departments also responded to a report of the accident.


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