Remains of missing Cobscook Bay fisherman confirmed

Posted Feb. 12, 2010, at 9:49 p.m.
Logan Preston (19, Roque Bluffs, was one of two people aboard the fishing vessel All American, which went down Wednesday, March 25, near Red Island. The body of fellow fisherman Loren Lank, 53, of Lubec, was found the same day.)  PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PRESTON FAMILY
THE PRESTON FAMILY
Logan Preston (19, Roque Bluffs, was one of two people aboard the fishing vessel All American, which went down Wednesday, March 25, near Red Island. The body of fellow fisherman Loren Lank, 53, of Lubec, was found the same day.) PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PRESTON FAMILY

LUBEC, Maine — The remains of Logan Preston, 19, who drowned when the fishing vessel All American sank in March 2009, have been positively identified.

Lt. Alan Talbot of the state Department of Marine Resources confirmed Friday that DNA testing on the remains discovered three weeks ago in Cobscook Bay is complete and it validated that the bones recovered were Preston’s.

Preston of Roque Bluffs and pilot and boat owner Loren Lank, 53, of Lubec drowned when the All American sank near Reversing Falls. Two other boats have sunk in the same area since then, claiming three more lives. Three men also were rescued last month from their floundering scallop dragger.

DMR Patrol Officer Russell Wright said Preston’s remains were recovered near where the All American sank.

Preston and Lank were fishing for scallops last March near Wilson’s Ledges, and local scalloper Stubby Wood, piloting the fishing vessel Papa’s Girls, recovered Preston’s remains in his dragging gear while fishing in that area three weeks ago, Wright said Friday.

“There was no question,” Wright said. “I felt at the time they were Logan’s.”

Wright said he had never stopped searching for the teenager’s body.

Preston was a native of Lubec. He lived with his mother and attended high school in Hermon before moving in with his father in Roque Bluffs. At the time of the sinking, Roque Bluffs Selectman Owen Moody described him as “very outgoing and a hard, hard worker. He was a happy-go-lucky kid. It seemed that not too much bothered him.”

For several years he had been working with his father as a fisherman and clam digger.

“He was a good kid and an outstanding wrestler,” Ken Fredericks, Hermon High School’s guidance counselor, recalled in the days after the boat sank. Fredericks said Preston transferred out of Hermon High School during his senior year but was remembered fondly by staff.

“He was a happy kid,” Fredericks said.

“Now we have one more [to locate],” Wright commented, referring to Joseph Jones, 29, of Trescott. Jones’ 34-foot fishing vessel, the Bottom Basher, sank last October in the same area as the All American. Killed along with Jones were Daryl Cline, 41, of Machiasport and Norman Johnson, 57, of Cutler. Cline’s body was recovered the next day and Johnson’s body was recovered by another scallop dragger in November. Jones’ body has not been found.

Seven men have lost their lives to the sea in the Cobscook Bay area in the past 14 months. They include the crews of the All American and Bottom Basher, periwinkle harvester Kristopher Fergerson, 27, of Lubec and clammer Arthur “Skip” Calder, 51, of Perry.

On Jan. 23, three scallop fishermen were rescued from the same area of the bay where the five other scallop draggers drowned after their fishing vessel, Miss Priss, struck a submerged ledge. The boat’s pilot, William Feltner Jr., and his two sternmen, Carl Sizemore and Evan Matthews, all from Lubec, were rescued by another scallop dragger just moments before the boat sank.

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