Maine Marine Patrol Recovers Deceased Man from Circling Lobster Boat

DATE: October 2, 2015
CONTACT: Jeff Nichols, Maine Department of Marine Resources, 207-624-6569
Maine Marine Patrol Recovers Body of Deceased Man from Circling Lobster Board
The Maine Marine Patrol recovered the body of a North Haven lobsterman who apparently died while underway today.

At approximately 3:15 pm today the Marine Patrol received a report of a lobster boat going in circles near Owls Head Light south of Rockland Harbor. The vessel, Legacy, was owned and operated by lobsterman Robert Staples, 78 of North Haven.

Sergeant Matt Talbot and Specialist Corrie Roberts responded from Rockland in a Marine Patrol Protector vessel and found Staples’ vessel traveling in circles in 3-4 seas and 20 knot winds. They were met at the scene by members of the US Coast Guard who had confirmed that an unconscious individual was on board.

Battling difficult conditions, Sergeant Talbot maneuvered alongside the circling fishing vessel and, after several attempts Specialist Roberts was able to jump on board the Legacy and gain control of the vessel. Members of the US Coast Guard then boarded and attempted to resuscitate Mr. Staples while Specialist Roberts brought the vessel to Rockland Harbor.

There they were met by members of the Rockland EMS who attempted to unsuccessfully resuscitate Mr. Staples.

The State Medical Examiner has ruled that Mr. Staples’ died of natural causes.

NOTE:  See a photo by photographer Bob Trapani who  captured the moment just before Specialist Roberts jumped from the Marine Patrol Protector into Mr. Staples’ boat here.