One person found, crews end Piscataqua River search

Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter

USCG file photo

KITTERY, Maine — A Maine Marine Patrol crew found an adult male on Gerrish Island, Maine, during a search in the Piscataqua River, Sat., Nov. 6, 2010.

The 65-year old man was found unresponsive on the northeast tip of the island during the crew’s shoreline search.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod transported him to Pease International Airport where they were met by an ambulance crew for transport to a hospital.

The man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew, a 47-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance crew, a Coast Guard Auxiliary Air crew, and crews from the New Hampshire and Maine Marine Patrols searched for anyone who may have been with him until the Coast Guard confirmed he was duck hunting alone.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England launched the search after the crew of the fishing vessel Vickie Ann reported finding a camouflage boot, lifejacket, and several duck decoys about one mile east of the Portsmouth Harbor entrance.

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