By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,618)
The recovery effort for Matthew Foster, 23, in Portland Harbor was suspended pending additional information late this afternoon according to a press release from the Portland Police Department. Although it is possible that Matthew remains in the Harbor, the area of highest possibility has been thoroughly searched – by both dive teams and sonar equipment. If a specific location is identified, the recovery effort would be reopened.
Foster, a Scarborough resident, disappeared on the waterfront early Saturday morning after leaving a bar, Oasis, in the Old Port. He was diabetic and had one dose of medication with him.
Three bloodhounds identified the waters around Chandlers Wharf as the likely place
where he entered the water. The three day search has concentrated in there and sometimes shifted over to the water off DiMillo’s Seafood Restaurant as it did today as well.
The search began this morning on the waters off Widgery Wharf, next to Chandlers. The search boat alternated between using divers and sonar equipment – looking for the body of the missing man while his father and other family members looked on from the shore. Cressey, see above photo, a diver himself, said a diver in 15 ft. of water could utilize six (6) tanks – giving them an hour of time under water. That could explain the alternative use of divers and sophisticated sonar equipment off the side of the boat.
Late this afternoon five (5) divers entered the water off DiMillo’s Seafood Restaurant’s dock for the final push as the family coninued to look on. Divers searched under the docks at DiMillo’s as well as at Chandlers Wharf as security boats watched carefully.
They emerged from the water each time empty-handed.