Report: Vinalhaven fisherman drowned
Vinalhaven — A 36-year-old father of three and fisherman who died Aug. 13 while hauling his traps off Vinalhaven, died as a result of an accidental drowning, said the Medical Examiner's Office Aug. 28.
Jeremy Philbrook was fishing alone abroad his vessel, Outnumbered, when he presumably became tangled in his gear and was pulled overboard, Mark Belserene, spokesman for the office said.
The call to dispatch came in at about 1:40 p.m after what is described as a good Samaritan aboard another boat came upon the scene, said a press release.
"This is a heartbreaking incident in the community. We want to find out exactly what happened so we can prevent a similar tragedy from occurring again. Remember to wear a life jacket if you are on the water by yourself," said Lt. Scott McCann of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The community of Vinalhaven is rallying around Philbrook's family — his wife, Keeley McCarthy, and three daughters Caroline, 16, Ava, 9, and Alice, who turned 1 Aug. 15.
Donations can be sent to Vinalhaven Community Outreach, P.O. Box 331, Vinalhaven, ME 04863. "Philbrook Fund" should be written in the memo line.
Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.