BOOTHBAY HARBOR —The U.S. Coast Guard and the Maine Marine Patrol are investigating the death of a 77-year-old fisherman off Boothbay Harbor this afternoon.

Capt. Christopher Roberge, commander of Sector Northern New England, said Coast Guard crews received a distress call at 1 p.m. from a fishing vessel captain.

The captain reported that the Sea Foam, a lobster boat based in Boothbay Harbor, was adrift without anyone on board, just south of Spruce Point in Linekin Bay.

Two Coast Guard rescue boats and a Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod searched the ocean and around 3:15 p.m. located the fisherman – a 77-year-old man from Boothbay Harbor – floating in the water one mile south of Squirrel Island.

He was not wearing a life vest or a survival suit. Seas were reportedly calm at the time.

The Coast Guard says the identity of the fishermen is being withheld pending notification of his relatives.

“There was a great amount of collective effort involved from the outset and included both rescue crews and many local good Samaritans,” Roberge said. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”