90-year-old lobsterman swims for his life

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A salty Maine lobsterman, who his family describes as “a pretty stubborn, feisty Mainer,” swam about 30 yards to shore when his 26-foot boat ran aground and sank.

Phillip Tuttle suffered cuts and scrapes, but was recovering at home Monday after being rescued by his son-in-law, who headed out on a boat when the old salt didn’t return home at sunset.

“He climbed out onto the ledge he hit, the tide was coming in now so he knew he had to get to shore,” Tuttle’s daughter-in-law told the Lewiston Sun Journal. “He’s a pretty good swimmer, or was in his day, and he made it to shore.”

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