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Accidental drowning is ruled
NORTH SURPLUS TOWNSHIP -- The Maine Medical Examiners Office has released the cause of death of the two swimmers found on the afternoon of July 26 in Lower Richardson Lake by the Maine Warden Service.
According to Edith A. Smith, director of information and education for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the deceased have been positively identified as Hoang Vo, 26, of Kingston, MA and Phi Ngoc Le, 30, of Wilmington, MA.
The cause of death was determined to be accidental drowning. The bodies were found in approximately 40 feet of water using sonar equipment and were recovered by the Maine Warden Service Dive Team.
The two men were not wearing life jackets. They were part of a group of 20-25 friends and family members camping at South Arm Campground on the southern tip of the lake. The Warden Service staging area is now at the public boat launch.
The location where the bodies were found was just outside the primary search area on Lower Richardson Lake. A total of approximately 100 acres of lake were searched by the MWS Dive Team, Warden boats, searchers on the shoreline and by a MWS airplane over a five-day period.
The Maine Warden Service was assisted by the Andover Fire Department, Med-Care Ambulance and the Salvation Army.