Fisherman’s remains found in Cobscook Bay

Posted Dec. 18, 2009, at 9:13 p.m.

LUBEC — The body of one of the fishermen lost from the fishing vessel Bottom Basher in Cobscook Bay in October was brought to the surface Friday by a local scallop dragger.

Lt. Alan Talbot of the Maine Marine Patrol said fisherman Troy Ramsdell of Cutler recovered the body.

“We feel it is someone off the Bottom Basher,” Talbot said, but would not say whether the body was that of boat owner Joseph Jones, 29, of Trescott, or Norman Johnson, 57, of Cutler. Talbot said he did not know where in the bay the body was brought up.

Talbot said the body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for positive identification. Talbot said the body was identifiable but that the drowned man’s name would not be released until the medical examiner completed an investigation.

Both men were lost on Oct. 20 along with Daryl Cline, 41, of Lubec, when their 34-foot urchin dragger sank while dragging for sea urchins near Reversing Falls in Cobscook Bay. Cline’s body was recovered the next day off the coast of Eastport.

Local fishermen, Marine Resources personnel and others have continued to search for the missing fishermen. In November, state-of-the-art side-scan sonar was brought to Cobscook Bay by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and it located several points of interest on the bay bottom.

A subsequent dive by the Maine State Police and DMR diver teams discovered the hull of the All American fishing vessel, which sank last March.

The Lubec area has lost seven men to the sea in the past year, including the three men aboard the Bottom Basher.

On Dec. 2, 2008, Kristopher Fergerson, 27, of Lubec, drowned while harvesting periwinkles in Lubec.

In March 2009, the fishing vessel All American went down quickly in Cobscook Bay along with the captain, Loren Lank, 53, of Lubec, and deckhand Logan Preston, 19, of Roque Bluffs. Lank’s body was recovered, but Preston remains missing.

On Oct. 20, the Bottom Basher sank. One fisherman remains missing.

The latest fatality was on Nov. 10, when Arthur “Skip” Calder, 51, of Perry, drowned while clamming in East Bay. His body was found a week later in Pattangal Cove, about a mile from where he presumably entered the water.

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