Coast Guard ends search for missing pilot

BOSTON – The Coast Guard ended the search today for the pilot of a private plane that crashed about one mile offshore of Belfast, Maine, Sunday.

Coast Guard Station Rockland, Maine, received a call from the Waldo County dispatch reporting a plane piloted by Doug Lowe, 60, of Lincolnville, Maine, crashed into the water near the Belfast airport around 6:15 p.m., Sunday.

“The decision to end a search for a missing person is never easy,” said Capt. Jim Rendon, commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Our condolences go out to Mr. Lowe’s family and friends.”

During the nearly 15-hour search, a 25-foot boat crew from Station Rockland, two Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., Maine Marine Patrol, and Belfast fire and police departments quickly responded, saturating the area with rescue equipment and personnel. Maine State Police divers and multiple local harbor masters also searched.

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