‘Distressed swimmer’ found to be marathoner in training

Posted Aug. 21, 2010, at 6:54 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Reports of a distressed swimmer in Rockland Harbor on Thursday turned out to be unfounded when the Coast Guard located the man, who said he was training for a marathon.

At about 3:50 p.m., the Coast Guard’s Rockland station received a call from a woman who reported a man swimming and taking several breaks, according to Petty Officer Matt Strickland. The woman, who was at Cooper Beach, alerted authorities after she lost sight of the swimmer, who was headed toward the Rockland break-water.

Coast Guard vessels aided by the Maine Marine Patrol and the Rockland harbor master searched the harbor for more than two hours before they located the man in a boat. The man told them he had been training for a marathon and was fine.

The search ended at about 6:30 p.m., according to Strickland.