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Maine State, Local Police Search for Man Who Fell in Kennebec River

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Authorities in Maine are searching for a man who fell in a river overnight.

Bath Police said David Dieterich, 25, of Racine, Wisconsin, was out with coworkers shortly before 10 p.m. when authorities received a call that he had fallen into the Kennebec River from a floating dock behind the Kennebec Tavern. Two of Dieterich's coworkers told officials they were all standing on the dock at the time.

The men told authorities the dock was roped off before the trio were able to access it. They described it as "very unstable," according to police. Authorities said no foul play is suspected.

Officials said Dieterich works for Marshall Erecting from Wisconsin that's been subcontracted by Bath Iron Works.

Several departments including the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Patrol and the Maine State Police Dive Team are searching to locate Dieterich.

The Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor will use a 29 foot response boat to search for Dieterich. A side-scan sonar is being used to search below the water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The water in the Kennebec River is at about 40 degrees and the currents' swift movements are making the search dangerous, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The U.S. Coast Guard warns anyone who plan to go out in the water to wear lifejackets and avoid alcohol. 

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