Lobsterman Found Dead on Boat off Rockland, ME

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The Maine Marine Patrol recovered the body of a North Haven lobsterman who apparently died while underway [Oct. 2]. At approximately 3:15 pm today the Marine Patrol received a report of a lobster boat going in circles near Owls Head Light south of Rockland Harbor. The vessel, Legacy, was owned and operated by lobsterman Robert Staples, 78 of North Haven.

Sergeant Matt Talbot and Specialist Corrie Roberts responded from Rockland in a Marine Patrol Protector vessel and found Staples’ vessel traveling in circles in 3-4 seas and 20-knot winds. They were met at the scene by members of the US Coast Guard who had confirmed that an unconscious individual was on board.