Farmington Man Dies After Diving into Lake in Wilton

Aug 27, 2014

Jeffrey Mitchell's pontoon boat on Wilson Lake in Wilton.
Jeffrey Mitchell's pontoon boat on Wilson Lake in Wilton.
Credit Courtesy Maine Warden Service

WILTON, Maine - A Farmington man died Tuesday after diving from his pontoon boat into Wilson Lake in Wilton.

The Maine Warden Service says Jeffrey Mitchell, 63, was struggling when he surfaced. A friend he was boating with, and other boaters nearby, managed to get Mitchell out of the water.

They transported him to a nearby boat landing, where they were met by medical personnel who had been called to the scene at about 4:36 p.m. 

Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say floatation devices were on board the pontoon boat, but Mitchell wasn't using them.

The incident remains under investigation.