Fly fishing

Portland man drowns while fishing at east outlet of Moosehead Lake

Maine game wardens have found the body of a Portland man they believe drowned Saturday afternoon while fishing at the East Outlet of Moosehead Lake.

In a press release Sunday evening, the Maine Warden Service identified the victim as Truc Huynh, 40.

Guardians said Huynh was fishing with a friend Saturday morning on the East Outlet, which flows out of Moosehead Lake and into the Kennebec River. The friends were in a fishing raft around noon when they decided to move to a new location on the river, according to Maine Warden Service spokesman Mark Latti.

Latti said the friends were descending the river in the raft when they encountered whitewater rapids. The rapids overturned their boat, throwing the two men into the water. Huynh was not wearing a life jacket and was swept away by the current, Latti said. Huynh never surfaced, but his friend, who was wearing a life jacket, came ashore and called for help.

Guards and several other people who witnessed the incident searched the shore, but could not locate Huynh.

Latti said the Maine Warden Service launched a plane to fly over the river. Game Warden Pilot Chris Hilton spotted Huynh’s body around 4 p.m. Saturday along a stretch of the river in Sapling Township. Guards launched a boat and recovered the body at 4:20 p.m.

Huynh was taken to a local funeral home.

According to Maine River Guides, which offers river fishing trips, the east outlet of the Kennebec River, which is about 3.5 miles long, is a popular fly-fishing spot, particularly because it’s teeming with salmon and brook trout.

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