The Coast Guard suspended the search for a reported vessel in distress and person in the water near Pemaquid Neck, ME today (January 17) after thoroughly searching the area.

At 6:00 a.m., Lincoln County Dispatch received a 911 phone call that was relayed to the Coast Guard. The reporting source stated a 23-foot sailboat was taking on water off Pemaquid Point, Maine, and that a passenger had swam ashore for help. The vessel was reportedly making a trip from Massachusetts to the Bristol, Maine area.  The report stated that there were two people aboard with a potential third person that was either aboard or meeting the vessel at their destination.

Search and rescue coordinators at Sector Northern New England immediately dispatched several units to search the ocean surrounding Pemaquid Neck. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, an MH-60 helicopter and an HC-144 Casa Airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod were launched. Vessels from Maine Marine Patrol and Bristol Fire Department also responded, as well as up to seven local fishing boats.  Lincoln County Sheriffs searched inland.

At 3:20pm, the Coast Guard had covered 831 nautical miles.  Without finding any persons or vessel in distress, the Coast Guard suspended the active search pending further developments.

“The Coast Guard sometimes has minimal information to go off on a case,” said Lt. Scott McCann, the public affairs officer for Sector Northern New England. “Regardless, we launch with the intention of saving lives.”

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England Command Center at 207-767-0302.


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