Coast Guard crews responded to reports of a distressed 77-year-old fisherman near Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Sunday.
Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol crews, along with several good Samaritans, responded to a call issued by another fishing vessel captain at approximately 1 p.m.
Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders received notification that the 32-foot fishing vessel Sea Foam was found abandoned south of Spruce Point in Linekin Bay.
Two Coast Guard rescue boat crews from Station Boothbay Harbor, and an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod, responded immediately.
The helicopter crew located the fisherman unresponsive at 3:15 p.m. one mile south of Squirrel Island. Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol boat crews transferred the fisherman to Station Boothbay Harbor where emergency medical crews were waiting.
Update: The U.S. Coast Guard and the Maine Marine Patrol are investigating the death of a 77-year-old fisherman off Boothbay Harbor this afternoon, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald.