Officials in Bridgton say alcohol may have been a factor in the drowning death of a Naples man Wednesday night on Long Lake.

Witnesses told police that Stephen Bricault, 42, had been drinking alcohol throughout the day near Plummer Landing before going for a late swim.

Someone called 911 after Bricault disappeared below the surface about 25 feet from a dock.

Bridgton Fire Chief Steve Fay said firefighters and EMTs were on scene within five minutes. One firefighter put on a survival suit and went into the water where Bricault was last seen. The man was found on the lake bed, Fay said.

Bricault was brought to shore where emergency personnel administered CPR. Those efforts were unsuccessful.

Fay said the state medical examiner’s office was then contacted and he expected an autopsy to be conducted on Thursday.

Long Lake, which stretches from Naples through Bridgton, is a popular summer spot for boaters and beachgoers.

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