A 32-year-old Hope man died Friday, June 28, in what police say appears to be an accidental drowning at Norton Pond in Lincolnville.

At 10:45 a.m. the Waldo County Dispatch Center received a report from a passing motorist of a person floating in the water of Norton Pond.

Deputies Kevin Littlefield and Dan Perez responded to the scene, along with numerous members of the Lincolnville Fire Department. Once on scene, rescue personnel were able to remove the body of Alan Bernardo from the water, Waldo County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jason Trundy stated in a news release.

The initial investigation indicates that Bernardo was fishing from atop a large culvert along the roadside when he fell from the elevated area into the water, according to the chief deputy. The location was on the Lincolnville Center side of the 123-acre pond.

The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted and will make the final determination on the cause of death.