Dead Fisherman Found on Vessel off Maine
June 4, 2015
The Maine Marine Patrol and the US Coast Guard responded Thursday morning to a report of a recreational fishing vessel with a deceased individual onboard.
The Maine Marine Patrol was notified by Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at 5:15 a.m. that they were towing a fishing vessel, registered in Maine, into York Harbor with one deceased individual aboard. One other individual who had notified the Coast Guard was also onboard.
Marine Patrol Sergeant Tom Hale responded by truck and went to York Harbor Town Dock where the 28’ recreational fishing vessel had been towed.
According to initial investigation conducted by Coast Guard, the 2 men were fishing approximately 13 miles off York Harbor near Jeffrey’s Ledge last night when they experienced engine problems and dropped an anchor. One individual onboard fell asleep and when he woke in the morning he found the other individual deceased near the open engine compartment. He then contacted the Coast Guard by VHF radio about the deceased individual and explained that the vessel had become inoperable, at which point the Portsmouth Coast Guard responded.
The names of the two individuals, who are both from Vermont, are not being released until notification of next of kin.
The details of what caused the engine failure and the cause of death are under investigation.