U.S. Coast Guard vessels based in Rockland, Maine. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

A Hancock County man died after a canoe capsized in 52-degree water in Flanders Bay off the coast of Sullivan on Thursday.

Robert Hill, 36, of Trenton, and another individual were out clamming when both went into the water about 100 yards from shore near Ober Cove Road at about 10:30 a.m. The surviving male swam to shore and called 911, according to a statement released by the Maine Marine Patrol.

The men were not wearing life jackets, according to the statement.

A helicopter and 47-foot rescue boat from the U.S. Coast Guard and three marine patrol vessels searched Flanders Bay and the shoreline before finding Hill’s body at 1:30 p.m. Sullivan firefighters and several residents also participated, according to the marine patrol.