A 7-year-old girl was rescued, but her father was missing after the kayak they were in capsized Tuesday evening on the Stillwater River in Orono.

The Maine Warden Service was unable to find Mohammad Jamal, 37, of Massachusetts, WLBZ-TV reported.

Sgt. Alan Gillis of the warden service said the girl was wearing a life jacket. She got near the shore, where a member of the Orono Fire Department waded out and brought her to safety. Jamal’s wife – the little girl’s mother – was on shore during the incident.

The Maine State Police sent divers to the river. Divers will likely return to the river on Wednesday.

“The life jacket, no question, saved the little girl’s life,” Gillis told the Bangor TV station. “She told the firemen she could not swim.”


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