Visitors walk along a pier in Port Clyde in this August 2013 file photo. The body of a 56-year-old fisherman was found Saturday morning by passers-by. Credit: Brian Feulner

The Maine Marine Patrol is investigating the death of a 56-year-old lobsterman whose body was found Saturday morning near the Port Clyde Fishermen’s Cooperative, where he fished regularly, officials said.

Sgt. Wesley Dean of the Maine Marine Patrol said good Samaritans tried to revive John Crane IV, a career lobsterman, around 6:20 a.m., but to no avail.

“We don’t believe he was in the water for a very long time,” Dean said. He said it is not clear whether Crane drowned or had a medical issue, nor whether he might have fallen from his boat at the time.

“The investigation is ongoing,” he said, adding there is no information yet about the circumstances by which he entered the water. Dean said an autopsy will be performed on Crane in Augusta.

Dean wouldn’t reveal any information about Crane’s family except that they had been notified of the incident.

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