$2,000 Reward for Information on ME Lobster Boat Sinking

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Maine’s Operation Game Thief is offering a reward of $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the sinking of a commercial lobster boat in Port Clyde.

The Maine Marine Patrol is investigating the third sinking in 2 months of a lobster boat belonging to lobsterman Anthony Hooper, who is from Tenants Harbor.

“This is a senseless act that has happened to one of our own,” said Operation Game Thief Board of Directors Chairman Greg Sirpis. “The commercial lobstering community has a deep-rooted tradition in Maine, and this will simply not stand. The Maine OGT Board of Directors is hopeful that someone will come forward and furnish information that will assist the Maine Marine Patrol in their investigation.”

The most recent sinking occurred at some point between Friday evening, September 30, and Saturday morning, October 1. The first sinking occurred in August and the second occurred between September 28 and September 29. The 35’ fishing vessel Liberty was sunk again last Friday evening, just 2 nights after the boat was raised and repaired. Each incident occurred in Port Clyde, where the boat is moored.

The vessel has again been raised by its owner and is under repair.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-253-7887 (1-800-ALERT-US); out of state callers dial 1-207-287-6057. Information can also be provided through the OGT online Tip Reporting Form at http://www.maineogt.org/report.php. Information provided by phone or the Tip Reporting Form can be provided anonymously.