Search continues for second fisherman missing near Lubec

Posted March 26, 2009, at 4:12 p.m.

LUBEC, Maine — Family members of Loren Lank, 53, whose body was found in Johnson Bay Wednesday, said that the fisherman wanted to die on the water, and spoke gently of him on Thursday.

Lank got his wish when the boat he was on sunk Wednesday afternoon while dragging for sea urchins in the waters off of Leighton’s Point in Pembroke.

Lank apparently was piloting the boat owned by Roger Preston of Roque Bluffs. Preston’s son, Logan, 19, working as the sternman, also was on board. Officials were continuing the search for Logan Preston’s body on Thursday. Late Thursday afternoon U.S. Coast Guard officials reported that an oil slick had been found. Divers from the Maine State Police and Marine Patrol were expected to search the area.

No one is certain what happened on the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, but Clifford Flynn, 38, Lank’s stepson, speculated that the boat’s dragger may have gotten hooked on bottom rocks and the boat flipped.

Flynn was on board the boat the Perfect Choice on Wednesday when they found Lank.

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