The body of one of four men whose boat capsized while they were fishing on Square Lake in Aroostook County Tuesday afternoon has been found, Maine game wardens said.

Two men remained missing late Wednesday evening, according to the Maine State Police communications center in Houlton.

The fourth fisherman, Charles Guimond, 23, of Fort Fairfield, drifted to the shore of Square Lake and was found alive at daybreak Wednesday morning. He was the only one of the four wearing a lifejacket.

Cpl. John MacDonald, spokesman for the Maine Warden Service, said the body of Martin Chambers, 56, of Fort Fairfield, was recovered Wednesday afternoon in shallow water between Salmon Point and Goddard Cove on the southeastern shore of the lake, which is located in Square Lake Township.

Chambers and three other men were in a 12-foot motor boat and were out fishing Tuesday when the boat began to take on water in very windy conditions about 4 p.m. and capsized. The men clung to the drifting boat until dark.

Eric Sherwood, 43, and Mark Chambers, 51, both from Fort Fairfield, are still missing. Martin and Mark Chambers are brothers.Wardens said it is presumed the missing men did not survive the water temperatures, which were near 58 degrees. Waves on the lake have been nearly four feet high in high winds, wardens said.


Warden Service divers searched the lake and used an airplane to survey the water. It is not known yet when the search will resume.

Boating-related deaths in Maine number 10 this year, early in the summer season, and are already outpacing the six boating deaths in the state in 2016. The warden service reported one boating fatality in 2015, two in 2014, three in 2013, and two in 2012. In 2011, eight people were killed while boating.

In the Coast Guard’s Northeast District, which includes all six New England states, as well as northern New Jersey and New York City, recreational boating deaths increased to 55 last year, up 62 percent from 34 in 2015.

Forty-five of the 55 people who died were not wearing a life jacket. Forty of the people drowned and 29 of the deaths involved a paddlecraft, the Coast Guard said.

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