August 24, 2013

Rescue effort for missing boater off Ogunquit ends

The Marine Patrol will switch its mission Saturday to searching for the man's body.

By Matt Byrne
Staff Writer

and Edward D. Murphy
Staff Writer

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Tom Cryer, left, Gus Dunham and Jordan Moore of the Ogunquit Fire Department watch from shore Friday as searchers work the waters of Perkins Cove looking for a local fisherman who went missing Thursday night.

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State and local law enforcement officials and local fishermen. seen above, search for Billy McIntire, 51, a boater who went missing Thursday night about one mile off Perkins Cove in Ogunquit.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

Perkins Cove

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"They were out partying last night," said Tim Tower, a lifelong friend of McIntire's who manages Barnacle Billy's, a harborside restaurant where friends said McIntire could often be found when he wasn't at sea. "He shouldn't have been out there in the state he was in."

Police, the Coast Guard and the Marine Patrol all declined to say whether alcohol played a role in the accident.

Family members and friends gathered near the water's edge to watch the rescue boats circle the buoy, but most left as the day wore on. Occasionally, tourists asked news crews, firefighters or police what was going on and then moved on after they were told.

Among the family and friends who gathered was Michelle Melanson, 34, who said she has known McIntire since she was a small child.

Melanson said McIntire is a fifth-generation fisherman whose family has been in Ogunquit for decades. She said McIntire is fun-loving and humble, and is well known in the tight-knit community. His parents, who live in town, are in shock, she said.

"This is quite a tragedy," she said. "I mean, accidents do happen, but to him, of all people."

Ogunquit Harbormaster Fred Mayo said he knows how it feels to wonder where a loved one went: His 26-year-old son died about 15 years ago while diving for urchins.

"Once you get the ocean involved, there's too many variables," Mayo said. "Mother Nature will do what she wants with you."

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