Eight-year-old Adam Bennoch was located at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10, in a remote area of Prospect after being separated from his father during a fishing trip Wednesday afternoon.

The Waldo County Sherrif’s Office notified the Maine Warden Service of the missing child at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, May 9. Bennoch was fishing with his father Jeremy Bennoch, who are both from Bucksport, when they became separated from each other while fishing.

Their vehicle was parked at the intersection of Route 1A and Hawes Stream. They fished south of Route 1A for some time and then headed on to the north side, following Hawes Stream to the west. Later in the evening the two became separated. The father immediately began searching and could not find his son, so he notified his wife. Both the WCSO and MWS were notified at that time. MWS called out Maine Search and Rescue (MASAR) volunteers, as well as Maine Search and Rescue Dogs (MESARD) to assist with the search effort. Game wardens used canoes to search the stream, and Prospect firefighters searched along the stream bank on foot.

At about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, the MESARD K-9 team of Leslie Howe and her Dutch Sheppard Eron found Adam on the south side of Hawes Stream in a very remote area. The K-9 team was on the north side of the river and kept in voice contact with the child until wardens and firefighters arrived to transport him out of the woods. Medical personnel examined the youth and then the child was reunited with his family.

“Fortunately the weather, although wet, brought temperatures that were mild,” said Game Warden Lieutenant Kevin Adam. “In addition, the quick response by MASAR volunteers, local game wardens, and local fire department members, along with the ability to deploy them into remote areas accurately with GPS units made for a quick rescue of Adam Bennoch.”

MWS would like to thank the Prospect Fire Department and WCSO for their assistance.