Valdosta Daily Times

June 12, 2013

90-year-old Maine lobsterman swims to shore after sinking


The Associated Press

HARPSWELL, Maine — A 90-year-old lobsterman is eager to get back on the water after surviving the sinking of his boat by swimming to a nearby island through the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine.

Philip Tuttle, of the Great Island community of Harpswell, is on the mend, but his boat needs more work to ensure the engine is OK and the electronics are restored, daughter-in-law Verian Tuttle said Wednesday.

His boat, Queen Tut, hit rocks Saturday, lurched and took on water in choppy, 50-degree seas after the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea passed through the area.

After the boat filled, he ended up swimming 20 to 30 yards to Hen Island. He got scrapes on his legs while crawling on the slippery rocks, where Verian Tuttle’s husband and brother-in-law found him, close to hypothermia.

“He’s bruised and banged up,” Verian Tuttle said. “He definitely took a little bit of a beating.”

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