New Hampshire

Officer Sustains Life-Threatening Injuries During Canoe Rescue Attempt in Maine

It was the injured officer's first day of training

Search efforts continue for a woman who fell from a canoe into the Saco River in Fryeburg, Maine on Sunday.

Jennifer Bousquet, 38, of South Berwick went missing yesterday when she fell out of a canoe into the Saco River. Wayne Demers, 62 of Somerworth, NH, and Brian Day, 54 of South Berwick also fell out of the canoe, but made it to safety.

Major Chris Cloutier said alcohol was a factor in the incident and added the river is extremely, high, fast, and cold due to recent rains.

Fryeburg police say officer Dale Stout, 51, and officer Nathan Desjardins, 20, were in a police boat attempting to locate the missing woman when the officers hit an object near the shore while coming around a corner, causing them both to be ejected from the boat.

It was Desjardins' first day of training.

The police officers were seriously injured and taken by LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

Desjardins is currently suffering possibly life-threatening injuries and Stout has serious injuries but is now in stable condition, according to the Medical Center. 

The Maine Warden Service, along with its Dive Team, K9 Team, and Aviation Division are continuing the search for Bousquet.

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