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Game wardens find Sidney man dead in Belgrade near unmanned boat

Wardens responded to the pond after multiple reports of an unmanned motorboat running in circles near Hatch Cove. After several attempts to stop the boat, Warden Kris MacCabe managed to jump into the boat and shut the motor off.

BELGRADE (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- Maine Game Wardens and Belgrade firefighters found a 64-year-old man from Sidney dead in Great Pond around noon Thursday.

Wardens identified the man as George F. Bonney, of Sidney. They said firefighters found him about a quarter of a mile from his boat, floating on the surface of about seven feet of water without a lifejacket on. They said he was the only one in the boat.

Wardens responded to the pond after multiple reports of an unmanned motorboat running in circles near Hatch Cove. After several attempts to stop the boat, Warden Kris MacCabe managed to jump into the boat and shut the motor off.

Wardens said Bonney had been operating his 2001, 16-foot Crestliner fishing boat with 75 horsepower motor. The Maine Warden Service and Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating this incident to determine what may have caused Bonney to become separated from his motorboat. The body has been released to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for examination to determine the cause and manner of death. Maine State Police and nearby residents also responded to this incident.

This story will be updated.