Boater dies, 3 others rescued after vessel sinks off Maine coast

Posted Sept. 30, 2011, at 6:46 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 01, 2011, at 5:24 a.m.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Four men hastily abandoned ship Friday when their 24-foot pleasure boat took on water and sank five miles off Cape Porpoise. One man did not survive, a Coast Guard lieutenant said.

Lt. Nick Barrow said the four adults made a mayday call at 3:10 p.m. saying they could not handle the flood of water entering the boat with a hand pump they had. They put on life jackets and survival suits to protect them from exposure and abandoned the vessel Job Site 2.

The water was 63 degrees, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

Barrow said three of the occupants were alert and conscious when rescued but one man was unresponsive. His name was not released, pending notification of next of kin.

Barrow said three men, including the man who died, were plucked from the water by a 48-foot yacht. The man was not able to be resuscitated, and a coroner later pronounced him dead. A fourth man was pulled aboard a fishing boat.

A pair of Coast Guard rescue boats, a cutter and a pair of aircraft also responded, Barrow said. The boat was believed to be based in southern Maine.

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