September 17, 2019
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Maine lobsterman found dead in Jericho Bay, Coast Guard says

Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Ashley L. Conti | BDN
A 47-foot boat is seen at the United States Coast Guard station in Rockland in this BDN file photo.

STONINGTON, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard says a lobsterman has died while fishing near Marshall Island in Jericho Bay off Stonington.

The Portland Press Herald reports the body of 59-year-old Wayne “Butch” Ciomei was found in the water wrapped in a fishing line. His 36-foot lobster boat, the Chelsea Lynn, was aground and running.

Ciomei was reported missing by his son at about 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Coast Guard public affairs officer Chellsey Phillips says a call for help was sent to other boaters and a 47-foot rescue boat was sent to the scene.

Ciomei was found by his son at about 5:30 p.m.

Phillips says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

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Correction: An earlier version of this report gave an incorrect age for Wayne “Butch” Ciomei.

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