CUTLER, Maine — Two men were rescued Monday from a rocky ledge in the ocean after their urchin diving boat capsized off Cutler, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

The fishermen, Carroll Perry and James Johnson, both of Addison, were fishing not far from the mouth of Little Machias Bay around noon when a wave swamped Johnson’s 25-foot inboard boat, sending both men into the icy water, Jeff Nichols, communications director for the Department of Marine Resources, stated in a news release.

Perry and Johnson braved the water and swam 400 feet to a nearby ledge, where rescuers later found them, according to Nichols.

According to Maine Marine Patrol Sgt. Colin MacDonald, upon reaching the ledge, Johnson, who was wearing a dive suit, covered Perry, who was wearing plain clothes, with rockweed to protect him from the cold wind. At the time, the temperature was recorded at 26 degrees.

Marine patrol was notified of the capsized vessel around 1:15 p.m. and officers Russell Wright and Brian Brodie were dispatched from Lubec and arrived on scene around 2 p.m., according to Nichols.

Perry was suffering from hypothermia and was given warm clothes while marine patrol officers took the fishermen to Cutler, where emergency medical staff were available, Nichols said. Both men declined treatment.

According to MacDonald, a local fisherman volunteered to haul in the overturned boat.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the call of the capsized vessel.

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....