Lobster Boat Swamps off Bar Harbor


The 30’ commercial lobster boat Georgia Maria swamped and had to be towed to shore in Maine’s Frenchman Bay, on Saturday morning Sept. 2.

The heavily laden boat, a 30’ Duffy, began taking water through a transom cut-out when the crew attempted to remove lobster gear rope that had become entangled around the prop. Within 30 seconds the boat was swamped and the crew found themselves in the water, according to the skipper, who was able to make a mayday call before the electronics died.

Fellow fishermen David Spear and Vince Abbott aboard the Frenchman Bay arrived on scene quickly, took the crew of the Georgia Maria aboard and towed the swamped boat to the town beach. No injuries were reported.