Coast Guard suspends search for missing Little Deer Isle fisherman

BOSTON – The Coast Guard has suspended its search at 12:40 p.m., today for a Little Deer Isle, Maine, fisherman who was reported missing Saturday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a call from the Deer Isle Fire Department around 2 p.m., Saturday requesting Coast Guard assistance with the search for Byron Gross, 65.

Gross was collecting lobster traps aboard Ruby G, his 24-foot lobster boat, when he may have fallen overboard.

Crews from Coast Guard Stations Rockland and Southwest Harbor conducted extensive searches for about 22 hours near Little Deer Isle, where the boat was discovered, and Weeds Point.

A Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., launched to assist in the search around 6:50 a.m., today.

Coast Guard crews conducted around 11 searches covering about 24 square miles.

The Maine Marine Patrol, Deer Isle Fire Department, Hancock County Sheriff Department, and local fishermen also assisted in the search.

“Despite the efforts of the Coast Guard, local and state agencies, and local fishermen, we were unable to locate Byron Gross,” said Commander Michael Ryan, the acting sector commander of Sector Northern New England.

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