The Coast Guard has ended the search for a man who fell out of a commercial lobster boat in Maine waters on Tuesday morning.

About 5 p.m. on Tuesday, divers from both the Maine State Police and Maine Marine Patrol located the dead lobsterman about 200 yards west from where he entered the water off Doyle Island.

Crews had been searching for him since 9:15 a.m., when watchstanders at Sector Northern New England received a distress call from a witness who saw him topple from the 20-foot lobster boat Marie Louise II.

Coast Guard officials told Navy Times that a 29-foot response boat crew from Jonesport quickly joined an HC-144 Ocean Sentry surveillance aircraft and an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter flown from Cape Cod to search for him.

They and the state crews, including divers from the Maine Warden Service, canvassed 233 square nautical miles of ocean before the body of the unidentified man was discovered.

A Coast Guard crew took the lobster boat back to Jonesport for further investigation.

Prine came to Navy Times after stints at the San Diego Union-Tribune and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He served in the Marine Corps and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. His awards include the Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting on the military, a first prize from Investigative Reporters & Editors and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

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