2:35 p.m.

STANDISH — A vehicle found submerged this morning near Eel Weir dam in a canal off the Presumpscot River was a pickup truck that was reported stolen last night from a Portland hotel.

No one was inside the white Ford F-150, which carries South Carolina registration plates, when the vehicle was pulled from the water this afternoon by a tow truck. Divers from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office entered the murky water to attach cable to the truck.

The submerged vehicle was reported early this morning by a security guard for Sappi Fine Paper, which owns the dam. The company opened the dam to improve visibility before the dive team entered the water this afternoon.

1:15 p.m.

STANDISH — Divers from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office have entered the water at Eel Weir Dam to inspect a vehicle that plunged into a canal off the Presumpscot River.

A large wrecker that arrived at the scene earlier has been positioned so that divers can attach cables to pull the vehicle, believed to be a pickup truck, out of the water.

It is still unknown whether anyone is inside the vehicle, which is submerged in extremely murky water. Sappi Fine Paper owns the dam, and company employees opened the dam this morning to lower water levels and improve visibility.

11:30 a.m.

STANDISH — The Eel Weir Dam on the Presumpscot River was opened this morning so a dive team from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office could reach a submerged vehicle near the dam.

Authorities said the vehicle was believed to be a pickup truck, but it was unknown whether anyone was inside it. A set of skid marks was visible on the dirt access road leading to the dam, according to observers at the scene.

In addition to the dive team, the Standish and Gorham public safety departments were also standing by.

10:22 a.m.

STANDISH — A dive team from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of a submerged vehicle by the Eel Weir dam.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the vehicle was occupied, according to a county public safety dispatcher.

Sappi Fine Paper security personnel reported the submerged vehicle around 8:50 this morning.

The vehicle was spotted by the dam off Middle Jam Road. The dam is located by Sebago Lake and the headwaters of the Presumpscot River.


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