Two fishermen rescued from boat wreck

Posted July 27, 2010, at 9:40 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

BLUE HILL, Maine — Two fishermen were unhurt after their outboard motorboat sank Monday morning in Blue Hill Bay.

James Marsh of South Blue Hill and his sternman, Andy Pelley of Blue Hill, were lobster fishing in a 22-foot outboard motorboat south of Hardwood Island at about 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Dale Sprowl of the Maine Marine Patrol.

The motor became entangled in lobster gear, Sprowl said. The two men raised the engine in an attempt to free it from the lines when a wave washed over the stern and the boat sank. Neither of the fishermen was wearing a life jacket at the time, according to Sprowl, but they were able to grab onto debris and stay afloat.

One of the men had a cell phone and called 911, he said.

Another fisherman, Aaron Carter of Sedgwick, was in the area and was able to locate them and get them on board. Carter took the two men to the town wharf in South Blue Hill. Though neither was injured, both were cold and wet. As a precaution, they were taken to Blue Hill Family Medicine. They were examined and later released.

Sprowl said that Marsh indicated he hopes to be able to salvage the boat.

He warned that the Maine Marine Patrol recommends that anyone venturing onto the water should wear a life jacket any time of the year.

“It can make the difference,” he said.

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