Coast Guard searching for lobsterman near Rockland, Maine

Coast Guard Cutter Harriet LanePORTLAND, Maine — Coast Guard crews are searching for a 38 year-old Maine fisherman David Mahonen after he fell overboard approximately 45 miles south of Rockland, Maine, Sun., Dec. 12, 2010.

The Coast Guard received notification from the 77-foot lobster boat the Timothy Michael at about 12:20 p.m., and dispatched a Jayhawk helicopter and Falcon jet from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane a 270-foot medium endurance cutter designed for all-weather rescue.

“As soon as we received the report of the man in distress we immediately issued an Urgent Marine Broadcast (UMIB) requesting assistance from any and all mariners in the area,” said Capt. James McPherson, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Sector Northern New England also requested the launch of every Coast Guard asset capable of withstanding the high winds and seas. In addition to our search efforts, we have reached out to and remain in close contact with the family so they remain up to date on our continuing efforts.”

The search crews are battling 10 to 15 foot seas and winds in excess of 45 knots that are anticipated to deteriorate throughout the evening. Fog and rain continue to hinder Coast Guard search efforts.

The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane was diverted from its patrol and is expected to arrive on scene around 10 p.m.

The fishing vessel Timothy Michael is based in Rhode Island and frequents Jeffreys Ledge, Maine when engaged in fishing.

Sector Northern New England has responded to more than 650 search and rescue, pollution and enforcement cases in its area of responsibility encompassing Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and corresponding areas offshore.

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