New Hampshire

Officials: Search for Missing Canoeist on Saco River is a Recovery Mission

The search for a woman who went missing while canoeing in the Saco River in Fryeburg, Maine is now a recovery mission. 

The Maine Warden Service confirmed to affiliate WCSH teams would be diving in the river. 

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

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

Warden Dive Team leader, Corporal Mike Joy said plenty of debris gets caught in areas on the river and that Bousquet's body may be caught in one of these areas. 

Two officers were seriously injured when attempting to locate Bousquet after their boat hit an object, throwing both of them from the boat. 

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

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

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