Coast Guard rescues Addison lobsterman off Jonesport after boat began to flood

Posted Dec. 15, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 15, 2013, at 7:13 p.m.

JONESPORT, Maine — A 50-year-old Addison commercial lobsterman was rescued by the Coast Guard after his boat got tangled in a mooring line Sunday morning.

The man, whose name was not released, was attempting to bring the “Just N Time” to Sawyer Cove to secure it during the storm, when the propeller became tangled in the ropes, Petty Officer Calobe Gandy said late Sunday morning.

When waves began crashing over the stern and the boat began to flood, the man donned his survival suit and radioed for help at about 8:25 a.m. Sunday.

A cutter from Coast Guard Station Jonesport arrived by 8:50 a.m., according to Gandy.

“We were able to get alongside the boat and get him off,” Gandy said. “It was pretty sketchy due to the waves.”

The fisherman was uninjured.

Gandy said wind gusts exceeded 45-48 mph, and sustained winds reached about 38 mph during the rescue operation.

The lobster boat remains at sea, tangled in the mooring line. Gandy said it will have to be towed after a diver cuts the lines out of the propeller.

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