Vessel of Missing Water Taxi Captain Found on Kennebunk Beach
November 13, 2015
The following was issued by the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources on the morning of Friday November 13th:
The vessel allegedly operated by missing Cape Elizabeth boat captain Adam Patterson has been located without Patterson on-board on Parsons Beach in Kennebunk.
The boat, a 24’ white vessel Patterson operated for Portland Express Taxi was discovered over turned and partially buried in the sand by a resident walking the beach at 7:00 a.m. this morning, who reported it to the Kennebunk Police Department.
The Marine Patrol was notified at approximately 7:00 a.m. and Marine Patrol Officer Ian Anderson, Charles Tetreau, along with Sergeant Tom Hale and Sergeant Rob Beal arrived on scene to secure and search the capsized vessel.
According to Marine Patrol reports, the vessel’s super structure including its roof and windshield were destroyed and debris from the vessel was found along the beach.
No evidence of foul play has been found among the wreckage however the vessel’s debris has been removed from the beach by the Kennebunk Public Works Department and transported to a secure location for further inspection by Marine Patrol.
The Maine Marine Patrol had searched Wednesday and Thursday for Patterson, 30 of Cape Elizabeth, an employee of the Portland-based water taxi service Portland Express Taxi who had been missing since early Wednesday morning.
Security video from a camera located at Dimillo’s Marina in Portland showed the vessel leaving the marina at 3:25 a.m. Wednesday. While the video shows the vessel underway, it does not show Patterson, however details of the investigation led the Marine Patrol to assume that Patterson was operating the vessel at the time of its disappearance.
The search had been suspended Thursday night however the Marine Patrol planned to continue looking for Patterson during routing patrols on water and in the air.
The search for Mr. Patterson will continue however it is now considered a recovery effort. The Marine Patrol airplane, with assistance from a Coast Guard Helicopter out of Cape Cod are participating in the search.