Boater’s Body Recovered in Richmond, Maine

On October 26, the Maine State Police/Marine Patrol dive team recovered the body of Mark Johnston, 64, from the Kennebec River in Richmond at approximately 3:10 p.m.

The recovery occurred after an extensive search for Johnston, who was reported missing the previous night at 9:21 p.m. According to Marine Patrol reports, Johnston was planning to move his 32-foot recreational vessel from a mooring in Richmond to the Town Dock at approximately 6:15 p.m.

Marine Patrol Officers, Coast Guard personnel and members of the Dresden Fire Department, Woolwich Fire Department, Bowdoinham Fire Department, the Maine Warden Service, the Richmond Harbormaster, and local Police Department personnel responded to the scene.

At approximately 10:00 p.m., Johnston’s boat was discovered by the Maine Marine Patrol, aground on the western side of Swan Island, across the river from Richmond. The boat was running and its navigation lights were on; however no one was onboard.

The search was temporarily suspended at 2:30 a.m. and resumed at 7:00 a.m., with divers concentrating their search near the town dock.

Divers discovered Johnston’s body approximately 20 feet from the town dock in 15 feet of water.