Good Samaritan Rescues Fisherman

 BOSTON – A Maine fisherman was rescued today by a fellow fisherman after his boat sank 12 miles east of Kennebunkport, Maine.

The Coast Guard received a distress signal at 9:04 a.m. from an electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) registered to the Morgan Leigh, a 36-foot fishing boat from Harpswell, Maine.

After making a series of radio calls to the fishing fleet, the Coast Guard learned that the Morgan Leigh sank and the master, Bruce Dyer of Harpswell, Maine, was found in his life raft by the captain of another fishing boat, the Unreal.

At 9:23 a.m., Dyer, reportedly in good condition, was brought aboard the Unreal and taken to shore.

“When things go wrong at sea, the closest boat is usually another fishing boat,” said Petty Officer First Class Robert Duncan, communication watch stander at Sector Northern New England in Portland, Maine. “Fishermen who assist other mariners out on the water are the real heroes – we really appreciate the life-saving action of the crew of the Unreal,” he said.

The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

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