Man Struck By Own Boat

August 9, 2010: WCSH6.com and the Bangor Daily News reported that a Brooklin, Maine, man was seriously injured after being involved in a boating accident off Harbor Island outside Naskeag Harbor on Saturday.

Accident Location

William Cohen, 62, was boating with his daughter and 2 friends in an 18-foot Boston Whaler when a large wave knocked all 4 persons into the water. Cohen was wearing a lifejacket, but not a kill-switch lanyard. The boat continued traveling in circles and struck Cohen, whose legs were lacerated and broken by the propeller.

Two Good Samaritan boaters who happened to be EMTs took all 4 people aboard and brought them to shore, where Cohen was airlifted by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He remains in stable condition. Local lobster fishermen were eventually able to contain the unmanned boat and disable it by entangling the prop with their gear.

This is the second such incident that has occurred in Hancock County in the last 2 weeks. A 13-year-old boy from Hancock Point was injured in July when he fell from a boat and was struck by the propeller. The boy was also taken to EMMC by helicopter.