Body retrieved from Portland Harbor

Posted Aug. 31, 2010, at 8:56 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police say the body of a man found in Portland Harbor is believed to be a transient who fell into the water.

Portland police say they were called early Monday night after a man’s body was spotted under a dock along the city’s waterfront.

Capt. Ted Ross said the body was pinned under a floating dock owned by Three Sons Lobster & Fish, which is located on the Great Maine Wharf behind the Dry Dock Restaurant and Tavern.

City firefighters used a chain saw to remove planks from the dock before lifting the body onto the city’s fireboat for transport to Ocean Gateway Terminal, and then to the state Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ross said a Three Sons employee told co-workers earlier in the day that he thought he saw a body floating under the dock, but authorities weren’t notified until 6:30 p.m. Ross said he didn’t know the reason for the delay.

Police told WGME-TV that they don’t consider the death to be suspicious, but will review video from surveillance cameras in the area in an attempt to learn more.

There was no word on the man’s identity.

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