Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Flye Island

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – The Coast Guard and the Maine Marine Patrol are searching for the operator of a 34-foot lobster boat that was found at anchor with the motor still running and no one on board in Blue Hill Bay near Flye Island, Maine, today.

Missing is Robert Anderson, 46.

Anderson’s girlfriend notified the Maine Marine Patrol earlier today that he was missing, so they began searching the area where he was camping on Flye Island. A Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Southwest Harbor, Maine, and a Falcon jet crew from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., joined in the search at about 2 p.m., after Anderson’s boat was found in Blue Hill Bay.

Additionally, Maine Marine Patrol divers are searching the area near Anderson’s boat.

“We’re grateful to have help from the Maine Marine Patrol,” said Chris Berry, the operational unit controller at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “We are currently concentrating our search efforts in the area his boat was found in hopes of finding him.”

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England is also broadcasting an urgent message on radio channel 16, alerting mariners nearby to keep a lookout.

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