BLUE HILL, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard and other officials are investigating the death of a man believed to be from Blue Hill early Sunday morning on board a fishing vessel off Cape Cod, Mass.
A Coast Guard official declined to identify the man but, according to an official with the Essex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, the deceased fisherman is 40-year-old Michael Grindle. Grindle has a listed address of Gloucester, Mass., but is believed to be from Blue Hill, according to media reports.
Lt. Brian Swintek of the Coast Guard in Woods Hole, Mass., said Monday that the 108-foot trawler Osprey contacted the Coast Guard between 3 and 4 a.m. Sunday to report that a member of the vessel’s six-person crew was having respiratory issues and needed emergency medical treatment. The Coast Guard was dealing with several other incidents at the same time, he said, and recommended to the crew that the vessel return to port as quickly as possible.
The boat was about 65 miles east of Nantucket at the time. After turning back toward Gloucester, the vessel arrived in port around 4:30 p.m., Swintek said. The crew member died from the apparent medical condition while en route.
Swintek said the Osprey crew administered CPR to the ailing man during the return journey and doing whatever they could to try and save the man’s life.
“Any time we have a loss of life on the sea it is tragic,” Swintek said.
Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said Monday that an autopsy will be performed on Grindle, likely on Monday, to determine his cause of death.
She said that police examined the Osprey when it arrived back in port and found a “class A” substance on board, which she said is a legal term for illegal drugs. She said the substance is being tested to determine what it is, but she declined to comment on whether there may be any connection between the substance and Grindle’s death.