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Overdue canoeists located alive at Madison Family Dollar   

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Two overdue canoeists paddling the Kennebec River were located alive and well on Monday afternoon at the Family Dollar Store in Madison when they were able to recharge their cell phone and notify family members.


Jake Cyr, 22 of Guilford, and Tyson Bell, 31 of Dixmont, began their canoe trip on the Kennebec River Saturday evening in Bingham. Cyr and Bell camped Saturday and Sunday night on the river, portaging both the Solon Dam and the first of two Madison dams.


Family became concerned after not hearing from the pair since Sunday morning, and notified the Maine State Police at approximately 10:40 a.m. this morning. Shortly after the Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police began investigating, the pair purchased a phone charger at the Family Dollar Store, recharged and restarted their phone and were flooded with messages from family concerned about their whereabouts. Once notified by Cyr and Bell, their family quickly contacted state police and the search was halted. Cyr and Bell told game wardens that their mobile phone had lost power and therefore had lost communication with family. Both men were operating their own canoe and did have proper life jackets with them.


“Whenever you head outdoors, let someone know where you are going, and when you plan to return,” said Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service. “More than ever, it’s important to enjoy Maine’s outdoors safely and responsibly.”

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