Coast Guard searching for missing Maine lobsterman

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is searching for a Maine lobsterman today who went missing while aboard a 21-foot skiff. Chris Whitaker, 24, left Matinicus Island, Maine and was last seen at about noon near Zephyr Ledges.

Another local lobsterman later found a boot, a lunch box and rain gear near West Black Ledge and notified the Coast Guard at about 3:30 p.m. Whitaker’s mother confirmed the items were his.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Rockland, a search plane from Naval Air Station Brunswick and a fleet of Matinicus fishing boats searched the harbor between Matinicus Island and Seal Island.

The Coast Guard cutters Jefferson Island and Moray are enroute and will search throughout the night.

“We are going to search the area into the night with our surface assets, and we have a helicopter flight out of Air Station Cape Cod scheduled for first-light tomorrow,” said John Tomaszewski, the search and rescue controller at the Coast Guard First District.

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