Fisherman found dead on boat



ROCKLAND – The Maine Marine Patrol recovered the body of a North Haven lobsterman who apparently died while underway Friday. At approximately 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 2, the Marine Patrol received a report of a lobster boat going in circles near Owls Head Light south of Rockland Harbor. The vessel, Legacy, was owned and operated by lobsterman Robert Staples, 78, of North Haven.

Sergeant Matt Talbot and Specialist Corrie Roberts responded from Rockland in a Marine Patrol vessel and found Staples’ boat traveling in circles at a high rate of speed in 3-4 foot seas and 20 knot winds. They were met at the scene by members of the U.S. Coast Guard who had confirmed that an unconscious person was on board.

Talbot maneuvered alongside the circling fishing vessel in difficult conditions, and after several attempts, Roberts was able to board Legacy and gain control of the vessel. Coast Guard personnel then boarded and attempted to resuscitate Staples while Roberts brought the vessel to Rockland Harbor.

There they were met by members of the Rockland EMS who attempted to unsuccessfully resuscitate Staples.

The state medical examiner has ruled that Staples died of natural causes.

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