A collision between two lobster boats Monday morning is under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Around 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, Coast Guard Station Rockland received a call from two commercial vessels to report the collision, which they are required to do, according to Petty Officer Meghan Cahoon of Station Rockland.

Involved in the collision were the 42-foot F/V Centerfold out of Spruce Head, captained by Cyrus Sleeper, and F/V Thrasher out of South Thomaston, captained by Bob Baines. It occurred in Penobscot Bay, outside the Mussel Ridge Channel, Cahoon said.

She said weather conditions were a contributing factor, citing the rain and reduced visibility. Exact details of the collision are still under investigation, but it is believed that both vessels were out to haul when they struck.

According to Calhoon, both vessels were towed into Journey’s End Marina in Rockland and hauled out to assess the damage done to each boat. Centerfold received damage to its port side, while Thrasher had visible damage to its bow.

Rockland Emergency Medical Services was called to Journey’s End Marina to check over one person, but he refused to be transported, according to Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock. According to staff at Journey’s End Marina, a friend drove Sleeper to the emergency room at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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