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Vassalboro boy dies after falling from canoe

Game wardens say 5-year-old William Egold was with his mother, Mollie, canoeing on Outlet Stream below the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Route 32 in Vassalboro when the swift water caused their boat to overturn around 7:30 p.m. Monday. (WGME)

VASSALBORO (WGME) -- A 5-year-old boy died after falling off a canoe into swift running water.

Game wardens say 5-year-old William Egold was with his mother, Mollie, canoeing on Outlet Stream below the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Route 32 in Vassalboro when the swift water caused their boat to overturn around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say both mother and child were wearing life jackets, but they say after going over the falls, the boy became trapped in debris beneath the water.

They say his mother was able to free him and call for help, but William died at the hospital.

"This is still under investigation. What we do know is both subjects had life jackets on,” Steven Couture, Maine game warden, said. “It looks like they went over the dam in a canoe and they were thrown out of the canoe, and they floated downstream."

The Egolds are from Vassalboro.

Paramedics rushed William to the hospital in Waterville.

He was then flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he passed away overnight.

The Maine Warden Service is investigating the incident.

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