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Police investigating after UMaine student apparently drowned in Orono

Water Rescue in Orono Saturday
Water Rescue in Orono Saturday(WABI)
Published: Sep. 27, 2020 at 9:15 AM EDT
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ORONO, Maine (WABI) - Police are investigating the death of a University of Maine student, who apparently drowned Saturday night after jumping off a bridge.

The body of Regan McCleary, 19, of Buxton was pulled from the river around 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Officials say McCleary jumped off the Brandon M. Silk Memorial Bridge in Orono late Saturday afternoon.

A passerby swam out to help McCleary, but was unsuccessful.

A large-scale rescue team arrived on scene just before 5:00 p.m. McCleary’s body was found about two hours later.

We spoke with a witness to the incident Saturday night who described McCleary in the water calling for help.

“We thought to call 911 so me and my dad we rushed down to the river bank and we see this guy drowning, and he’s real struggling. My dad takes off his pants and shirt and swims out there to try and save him. And my dad is telling him to roll on his back and keep his head up. He was obviously trying but he was just too exhausted."

Jacob O'Hara, Orono resident

The incident remains under investigation.

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