Coast Guard Investigating After Boat Collision Leaves One Dead

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The Coast Guard and the Maine Marine Patrol are investigating the cause of a boat collision between two fishing vessels in which one person died and one person was rescued offshore of Schoodic Point, Maine, Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

Dead is Frank Jordan from the fishing vessel Linda Diane.

Jordan’s crewman sustained a head injury during the collision and was taken to Ellsworth Memorial Hospital by local EMS. His condition is unknown.

The two-person crew of the fishing vessel Master Simmon called Coast Guard Sector Northern New England on VHF-FM radio Channel 16 at 1:53 p.m., reporting they and the fishing vessel Linda Diane collided.

The Master Simon recovered both the Linda Diane crewmembers from the water and brought them to the Winter Harbor, Maine, town docks where they were met by the Maine Marine Patrol, the Hancock County Sherriff and local EMS. EMS took all four to Ellsworth Memorial Hospital.

A 25-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor and the Maine Marine Patrol responded to the scene. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Belfast has initiated a investigation into the collision between the two fishing vessels.

The Linda Diane sank in approximately 85-feet of water and is not considered a hazard to navigation. The Master Simon is currently moored in Winter Harbor.

There are currently no reports of pollution.

The on scene weather was nine-knot winds, three-foot seas and a water temperature of 57-degrees.

The Linda Diane is a 34-foot fishing boat and the Master Simon is a 43-foot fishing boat. Both boats are based in Winter Harbor.

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