Search continues for man swept into ocean

Posted Sept. 10, 2011, at 9:29 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 10, 2011, at 4 p.m.

MONHEGAN ISLAND, Maine — The Coast Guard is continuing to search for a 32-year-old man swept off rocks while visiting Monhegan Island for a wedding.

Coast Guard Lt. Colleen McCusker said Saturday that the cutter Hammerhead, a 47-foot lifeboat and two Maine Marine Patrol vessels are searching for the man, who has not been identified.

“Based on survivability probabilities, we still have reason to search,” she said in the early afternoon.

The man had walked to Norton Ledge to explore a cave Friday afternoon when a wave churned up by Hurricane Katia knocked him into the water.

Four others tried to save him but soon lost sight of him. Three made it back to shore and a fourth was rescued.

McCusker says the group was part of a wedding party, although she did not know if the wedding already had taken place or if it was scheduled for Saturday.

She said that it was likely that more information would be made available Saturday evening.

The Coast Guard is continuing to issue a notice to local mariners to keep a look out for the man.

Despite Hurricane Katia not hitting land, the Category 1 storm was generating large swells along the East Coast and Bermuda.

BDN writer Abigail Curtis contributed to this report.

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