Skiff belonging to missing boater found off MDI

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 07, 2009, at 10:22 a.m.

BAR HARBOR — Searchers early Wednesday morning found a boat belonging to a man who went missing Tuesday in Frenchman Bay but were still searching for the missing boater Wednesday night.

Dr. John Myers, 56, of Freeport set out in a motorized skiff from a boatyard in Hancock on Tuesday and was headed to his summer home in Salisbury Cove but never made it to his destination, according to the Coast Guard and other law enforcement personnel. He was reported missing late Tuesday afternoon after he failed to contact a friend he was going to meet for dinner, police said.

Police said Tuesday that Myers had delivered a sailboat to the boatyard for repairs before setting out for Bar Harbor.

Myers’ boat, a 12-foot aluminum skiff with a blue hull, was found floating upside down in the middle of Frenchman Bay at about 3:44 a.m. Wednesday, according to Coast Guard Chief Duty Officer Ray Mahannah. The Coast Guard has confirmed the boat is Myers’ by its registration sticker, he said.

Mahannah said the Coast Guard searched for Myers, along with Marine Patrol and local police and fire officials in the area all day Wednesday. Coast Guard vessels and a helicopter were involved in the search, he said.

On Wednesday evening the Coast Guard Cutter Bridle was still searching the area.

“We’re going to continue through the night,” Mahannah said Wednesday evening. He said it had not yet been decided whether to resume with aircraft in the morning.

A Falcon jet the Coast Guard was using in the search Tuesday night returned to its base in Cape Cod on Wednesday.

Mahannah said the weather conditions were good when Myers set out on the five-mile trip. He said the doctor is not known to suffer from any significant medical conditions.

“We had less than a foot to a foot of chop. We didn’t have much of any wind,” Mahannah said of the conditions in Frenchman Bay on Tuesday afternoon. “He was healthy, and from what we’re told, is an experienced mariner.”

Myers was wearing a green fleece jacket, jeans and a life preserver as he motored away from the boatyard, according to the Coast Guard.

Mahannah said the weather, which turned cloudy and rainy overnight, has affected the search.

“The weather’s going to be deteriorating throughout the day,” he said. “Hopefully, we can find him.”

According to officials at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Myers has extensive family connections at the lab but never has been directly involved in the lab’s operations.

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