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Damariscotta sinks in Pt. Judith; fishermen safe

January 6, 2011

Photo by Donald Cameron/ The Damariscotta, shown here in July 2009, sank Monday afternoon in Point Judith.

NARRAGANSETT–U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two local fishermen on Monday after the Damariscotta, captained and owned by South Kingstown resident Brian Loftes, sank less than 50 yards from the docks at Point Judith.

Loftes, a well known fisherman and member of the Fisherman's Alliance, is a leader in the fight to achieve appropriate and fair fishing regulation. Also aboard the vessel was deck hand Neil Gardiner, a South Kingstown resident.
The Damariscotta is part of the Galilee fishing fleet and was returning to port with a full load of herring when the boat sank at around 3 p.m., just 30 yards from the Town Pier. Coast Guard crews recovered Loftes and Gardiner, who were both unharmed. The 45-foot vessel went down after being escorted seven miles into Point Judith Harbor.

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