Coast Guard crew tries to save man in Rockport Harbor, Maine

BOSTON- The Coast Guard responded to a report of two people in the water and a capsized dinghy in Rockport Harbor, Maine around 3 p.m., today.

The initial call came in to Station Rockland around 3:10 p.m., reporting a capsized blue dinghy and a person in the water in Rockport Harbor.

The first individual was recovered by a good Samaritan around 3:20 p.m., and transferred to paramedics on shore for transport to an area hospital for treatment of hypothermia. The patient reported there was another person still in the water.

The second individual, Erwin Hirsch from Marblehead, Mass., was unconscious when recovered by a 25-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Rockland around 3:40 p.m.

The boat crew started life saving efforts while transporting the patient to emergency medical personnel waiting at the landing pier in Rockport Harbor. Paramedics continued CPR but Hirsch was later pronounced dead at Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

The water temperature was about 48 degrees Fahrenheit with winds around 15 miles per hour and seas about two feet.

“Taking a dinghy out to your vessel classifies as boating and must be respected,” said Chief Warrant Officer Curtis Barthel, commanding officer of Station Rockland. “Life jackets must be onboard the dinghy, even during short transits to and from your vessel.”

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