Tour boat finds 2nd fisherman’s body off Milbridge

Posted May 30, 2010, at 10:04 p.m.

MILBRIDGE, Maine — The body of Alton Jellison, 44, a Milbridge fisherman who had been missing since mid-April, was found Sunday by a tour boat about 1.5 miles off Bois Bubert Island.

Jellison and his brother Jack Jellison, 43, drowned a month and a half ago after their skiff capsized while the pair was en route to the island for a weekend of camping. There is a small camp on the island.

Jack Jellison’s body was found within hours of when the brothers were reported missing, near where they had tied up a larger boat and apparently used a skiff to head to the island. The capsized skiff also was recovered, but there was no sign of Alton Jellison.

The water temperature at the time was 41 degrees, with winds at 11 mph and swells of about 2 feet. The Maine Marine Patrol said that neither brother was wearing a life vest.

Maine Marine Patrol Sgt. Marlowe Sonksen said Sunday afternoon that the tour boat, which had customers aboard, used a marine radio to contact the U.S. Coast Guard, and the marine patrol assisted the Coast Guard in recovering the body.

Family members then were notified, Sonksen said.

He said Jellison’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy.

The brothers were lobstermen and clammers from Milbridge. Bois Bubert Island is part of Milbridge, close to the village of Steuben.

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