Jun 7, 2017 5:58 PM

Officer hurt during canoeist rescue attempt dies

The Associated Press

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — A Maine police officer who was critically hurt while searching for a missing canoeist over Memorial Day weekend has died.

Twenty-year-old Fryeburg officer Nathan Desjardins was injured along with another officer when their boat struck something in the water.

The Fryeburg Police Department says Desjardins died Tuesday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Chief Joshua Potvin says the department is "deeply saddened by the tragic death of our colleague."

Desjardins was also a student at the University of New England.

The body of canoeist Jennifer Bousquet was eventually found in about eight feet of water some 300 to 400 yards from the spot where her canoe capsized.

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