Police say a volunteer for the Winslow Family 4th of July celebration made up a story about a brother and sister falling into the river all to look like a hero.
Police say 32-year-old Jon Duffy told them a 9-year-old girl and her 14-year-old brother had fallen into the Kennebec River Saturday during holiday celebrations.
Duffy claimed he helped save the boy, but the girl was still in the water.
Rescuers searched for about an hour.
Police say Duffy’s story didn’t hold up and he eventually acknowledged the hoax.
Duffy is free on bail.
Winslow Police tell us search and rescue teams and local law enforcement will be seeking restitution.
They say search costs could top $7,000.