Witnesses Saturday (March 21) told the Augusta Police that a woman was seen falling under the ice in the Kennebec River.

The following was released Sunday (March 22) by the Augusta Police Department.

The City of Augusta Communications Center received several reports of a person who was standing on the ice of the Kennebec River just north of the Calumet Bridge near 1 Cony Street. Officers responded along with Augusta Rescue and upon initial contact, the person had already entered into a section of the open water. Attempts to pull the individual out of the water were unsuccessful and the person went under the ice.
On scene officials were immediately joined by several other law enforcement agencies with rescue attempts conducted by our fire department, the Maine Warden Service and the Marine Patrol. Due to the River being completely frozen south of the Calumet Bridge, the conditions made it impossible locate the person.
At this time of this release the Augusta Police Department along with its law enforcement partners have been working around the clock to identify the person who we believe to be a female. The Maine Warden Service and Marine Patrol will work to recover the individual from the Kennebec River once the treacherous conditions on the river subside.

If anyone has any information about this incident or knows the identity of the person in question we ask that they contact Officer Paul Doody of the Augusta Police Department at 626-2370.

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