Coast Guard ends search for missing Maine lobsterman

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – The Coast Guard ended its search at 8:11 p.m., today for Robert Anderson, the operator of a 34-foot lobster boat that was found unmanned with the motor running in Blue Hill Bay near Flye Island, Maine, Monday.

Rescue crews started searching for Anderson, 46, around 2 p.m., Monday, after his girlfriend notified the Maine Marine Patrol that he was missing.

“As a life saving service, it is a difficult decision to make when we have to end a search,” said Cmdr. Brian Downey, the deputy commander at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mr. Anderson during this difficult time.”

Two rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor and a Falcon jet crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod searched for Anderson for nearly 30 hours, covering about 115 square miles during the search. The Maine Marine Patrol also assisted with the search.

“Support from our local partners was a big help in this case,” said Downey. “The Maine Marine Patrol provided an aircraft, a dive team, and two boats to help with the search for Mr. Anderson.”

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  1. Linds says:

    Just to clarify- the girlfriend that is mentiond is infact his Wife, they have been married for nearly 30 years, with 3 daughters, and 2 grandchildren