ORLAND — Maine authorities say an Orland man has died while riding a Jet Ski on a local pond.

The Maine Warden Service says 52-year-old Ross Staples was operating his Kawasaki Jet Ski on Toddy Pond at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday when he fell off.

Witnesses say he got back on the watercraft, but fell off again about 50 feet from shore and appeared to struggle while trying to get back on.

Witnesses jumped in the water and pulled Staples to shore where they performed CPR. Staples was transported by boat to rescue personnel who attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death remains under investigation.


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