Man rescued from Rockland Harbor

By Juliette Laaka | Dec 31, 2012
Photo by: Juliette Laaka

Rockland — A man found clinging to a pier in Rockland Harbor was rescued by Rockland Fire and EMS early Saturday morning, officials said.

An unknown bystander flagged down Rockland Police Officer Joel Neal on Water Street Dec. 29 and told him he had heard a male voice yelling from the water. Neal searched the waterfront and called dispatch.

Personnel arrived on scene at 5:28 a.m. Additional assistance from the Thomaston Police Department was requested for use of a rescue boat.

Ryan Counce, 30, of Rockland was located adjacent to 58 Ocean Ave., holding onto rocks and unable to reach land, said Rockland Police Deputy Chief Wally Tower.

Rockland Firemen Lt. Jamie Leo and Carl Anderson commandeered a row boat tied at the harbor and pulled Counce from the water. At the dock, he was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center, said Rockland Fire Chief Charles Jordan Jr.

Why Counce was in the water is unknown, said Tower.

Rockland Fire and EMS, the Rockland Police Department and the Thomaston Police Department responded to the call.

Correction — An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the source providing the name of Ryan Counce. The name was provided by Rockland Police Deputy Chief Wally Tower.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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