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Name of Waldoboro fisherman who died released

By Stephen Betts | Jun 09, 2021

Waldoboro — The state has identified the 34-year-old Waldoboro fisherman whose body was recovered Tuesday morning, following an all-night search by federal, state and local crews in the waters off Waldoboro.

The Maine Marine Patrol reported Wednesday morning June 9 that the body of James Guptill was recovered at about 6:30 a.m. June 8. The body was found about a half mile from where his empty skiff was found Monday evening by other local fishermen aground and unoccupied near Havener Point.

Guptill held a commercial shellfish harvester license as well as a non-commercial lobster license.

His body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for an autopsy.

Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols said the search was along the Medomak River where the boat was found aground with no one aboard.

The Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor received a call at 9:15 p.m. June 7 from local public safety dispatch about a man reported missing. The man went out earlier in a 15-foot skiff, and the skiff was later found without anyone aboard.

The man was not wearing a life jacket, the Coast Guard said,

The Maine Marine Patrol, Waldoboro and Friendship fire departments, and local fishermen were involved in the search.

A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was also involved in the search along with Coast Guard vessels.

Waldoboro Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer said the Waldoboro Fire Department assisted the Marine Patrol in a search of the shoreline.

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