Coast Guard searching for man lost at sea, rescues one from rocks

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — U.S. Coast Guard crews, along with state and local agencies, responded to a report of four people stuck on Gull Rock, Maine, and a 32-year old man lost at sea after he was swept into the water by a wave on the same rock near Monhegan Island, Maine, Friday.

The Lincoln County Sheriff Department contacted Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor around 1:11 p.m., reporting the man was knocked into the water and had not been seen since.

Three of the four stranded people were able to safely make it off Gull Rock during low tide at 3:30 p.m. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisted the remaining woman from the ledge and are transporting her to the local fire department before joining the search for the missing man. She did not report any injuries.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Boothbay Harbor is also on scene and has been actively searching for the missing person. The 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead, based in Woods Hole, Mass., is en route from Portsmouth Harbor, N.H., to join in the search. They are expected on scene around 8 p.m.

“We are receiving tremendous help from multiple crews assisting in this case,” said Lt. Colleen McCusker, the recreational safe boating safety officer for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “We hope that will lead to a successful search.”

Crews from Maine Marine Patrol, Monhegan Island Volunteer Fire Department and a good Samaritan aboard a fishing vessel are also assisting in the search for the missing person.

The Coast Guard has also issued an urgent marine information broadcast to mariners requesting anyone in the area to keep a lookout for the missing man.

“We are urging all mariners and beachgoers to use extreme caution due to some significant surf and rip currents in the area due to Hurricane Katia,” McCusker said.

The on scene weather is 5 to 10-knot winds with 5 to 8-foot seas. The water temperature is 63 degrees.

The 1st Coast Guard District has completed more than 2,060 search and rescue cases since January 1, 2011.

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