Missing lobsterboat found 135 miles offshore

Vessel found afloat, in "good shape"
By Juliette Laaka | Feb 20, 2013
Courtesy of: Jason Hooper F/V Xtreme Measures, missing since Feb. 10, was found drifting 135 miles southeast of Portsmouth, N.H.

Spruce Head vessel XTreme Measures — unmanned and adrift since Feb. 10 — was found 135 miles southeast of Portsmouth, N.H. the evening of Feb. 19, confirmed South Portland Coast Guard Lt. Nick Barrow.

A 76-foot offshore lobster vessel, Amy Philbrick, hailing from Portsmouth, encountered Jason Hooper's boat while fishing off Georges Bank and contacted the Coast Guard.

The boat was found afloat and in "good shape," Barrow said.

The lobsterboat is being towed to Portsmouth by the larger fishing vessel.

Hooper said he is excited and anxious for his boat's return.

"I'm very happy and very appreciative of the crew for taking the time and effort to bring her back," he said.

Waiting for word of the boat has been arduous — false rumors of a sighting earlier last week and an unsuccessful plane charter searching as far as Cape Ann, Mass. dampened confidence for a safe return.

"I wish the boat could talk," Hooper said, " or had a camera on it to see what its been though."

Hooper said preferably, the disappearance would not have happened, but added he felt lucky with the outpouring community support.

Barrow said it was helpful Hooper notified the Coast Guard of the boat's disappearance because a report of an unmanned vessel adrift would have normally launched a massive search for an overboard individual.

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

Comments (12)
Posted by: Steve Waterman | Feb 22, 2013 19:07

I wonder how many fishermen saw the boat and didn't realize she was unmanned.

Posted by: VALERIE ANN ORR | Feb 21, 2013 12:03



Posted by: Norene Bishop | Feb 21, 2013 08:12

I'm so happy this boat was found!!!!

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 21, 2013 07:40

Wow!  If only boats could talk!  Betcha' she had an amazing journey!  So glad that she was found unharmed.  Miracles do happen when a community joins together.

Posted by: jessica tripp | Feb 20, 2013 21:43

this is fantastic news!

Posted by: Betty McCommic | Feb 20, 2013 19:27

Very happy for the owner.

Posted by: Shirley Tabbutt | Feb 20, 2013 17:26

What great news. I'm so happy for you.


Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Feb 20, 2013 16:49

You know this morning when I first read this I had tingles all over my body because I was so happy for Jason.  I would not admit it then but I will now.  Let us hope that this story continues to play out and come to a happy ending.  It just seems to good to be true.  What a story.  Can you imagine what he will feel   when he steps aboard and retakes command of XTreme Measures?

Posted by: William Pease | Feb 20, 2013 16:26


Posted by: penny sanborn dostie | Feb 20, 2013 13:32

I think I would change her mane to the Lucky Charm...:)


Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Feb 20, 2013 12:18


Posted by: Debra L Whittier | Feb 20, 2013 12:03

That is so great!!!!  I'm so happy for you Jason!

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