Phippsburg, ME Mouth of Morse River Drownings, Aug 1957


Phippsburg, Maine (AP) -- A gay family beach outing turned into tragedy yesterday when three brothers, the oldest 11, drowned just as they were about to return to their Litchfield home.
The bodies of JOHN, 11; ERWIN, 10; and EDWIN, 9, sons of Mr. and Mrs.Frank Thibodeau, were recovered from the waters at the mouth of Morse River near Popham Beach.
The youngsters were sucked under by a strong current while wading to a sandbar as their mother and the oldest brother Merle, about 20, loaded the family tuck for the trip home.
A fourth brother, Arlington, 13, who was wading with the three youngsters, reached shore safely. He was treated for shock. Arlington was the only one of the four who could swim.
The trio downed near the place where Air Force Staff Sgt. BERNARD M. WASCOE, 22, Allentown, Pa., was caught by strong tidal currents and drowned last Friday.

Chester Times Pennsylvania 1957-08-19