June 18, 2018
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71-year-old diver dies while cleaning yacht hull in Rockland

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A diver was found dead following a search of Rockland Harbor, according to the Maine Marine Patrol.

The victim was 71-year-old James Stormes of South Bristol, said Marine Patrol Sgt. Marlowe Sonksen.

Stormes was hired by the crew of the private yacht Tats, which hails from Georgetown in the Cayman Islands, to clean the bottom of the boat. He had gone under water at about 9:30 a.m., equipped with a wet suit and scuba gear, Sonksen said.

At about noon when he did not come to the surface when expected, emergency crews were called by the yacht’s crew. Some of the crew donned masks and snorkels and went into the water to try to locate the missing diver, Sonksen said.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Patrol and Rockland emergency medical services crews responded. The search centered on Journey’s End Marina, which is adjacent to the Rockland Coast Guard station.

A Maine State Police diver arrived and found Stormes’ body shortly after 3 p.m., Sonksen said. He was found under the boat, where the water is about 20 feet deep.

The cause of death is not known. The body was taken to the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy will be performed, Sonksen said.


Correction: The time the diver went under the boat was incorrect an earlier version of this story. He went down at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

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