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September 16, 2013

Coast Guard searching for missing Maine fishing vessel

The mayday call Sunday evening originated off Mount Desert Rock.

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

MOUNT DESERT ROCK — A mayday call received around 6:40 p.m. Sunday has triggered a massive air and sea search for a fishing vessel.

Paul Conner, a spokesman for the Coast Guard base in South Portland, said an unidentified fishing vessel sent out a distress call saying it was taking on water. The transmission was very faint, he said.

The Coast Guard sent a helicopter, an airplane, a motorized lifeboat and a patrol boat to search the area off Mount Desert Rock, a small island about 18 nautical miles south of Mount Desert Island. There is an automated lighthouse on the island.

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