PEMBROKE, Maine — A 44-year-old Pleasant Point man drowned late Monday afternoon in an accident at a popular local swimming spot, the Maine Warden Service confirmed.

Anthony LeBretton had been swimming with several others, including his wife, at a large gathering off Robbinston Ridge Road shortly after 4 p.m. when he jumped off a small bridge into the Pennamaquan River, landing feet first, according to Warden Joe Gardner and Sgt. Alan Gillis.

When the swimmer failed to resurface, witnesses went into the river looking for him, Gardner said. He was found shortly afterward and brought back to shore, where CPR was performed until emergency medical personnel arrived.

The swimmer, whose body was recovered at 4:19 p.m., was pronounced dead on his way to a local hospital, Gardner said.

According to Gillis, the drop from the bridge to the surface of Pennamaquan River was 12 feet 9 inches and that to his knowledge, local swimmers are not prohibited from using it.

Gillis said that an examination of LeBretton’s body will be conducted by a representative of the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Maine Warden Service was assisted at the scene by personnel from the Maine State Police, the Maine Forest Service and the Pleasant Point Police Department, which serves the Passamaquoddy Tribe.