PALERMO — Maine Warden Service divers have recovered the body of a Pennsylvania man who had been missing since Wednesday night, Oct. 27.

According to a press release from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, divers found the body of kayaker Akshay Mamidela, 25, in Sheepscot Pond about 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29. It appeared that Mamidela, of Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, had taken a kayak onto Sheepscot Pond Wednesday evening to retrieve a paddleboard that high winds had caused to drift.

While there were no witnesses, authorities said in the press release, it appeared that Mamidela’s kayak capsized in “extremely rough conditions,” and he was not wearing a life jacket.

Mamidela’s friend returned to the camp late that evening, noticed that both Mamidela and one of the camp’s kayaks were missing, and called 911 at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Waldo County Sheriff’s Office responded, and contacted the Maine Warden Service once it was determined that Mamidela had been out on the lake. Wardens and sheriff’s deputies searched the shoreline and surrounding area that night but were unable to locate Mamidela.

Game wardens found the capsized kayak and the paddleboard on the shore Thursday morning, approximately ¼ mile down the lake from where Mamidela was staying. The Maine Warden Service Dive Team launched the dive boat equipped with side scan sonar, and searched the area from the camp to where the kayaks were found.

Using the sonar Thursday evening at about 6:45, game wardens located an area where they believed Mamidela was, but it was too dark to dive. Warden service divers began diving shortly after the sun was high enough Friday morning, and recovered Mamidela’s body at approximately 8:30 a.m.