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Winter daysail proves fatal

JAN. 24 — A Port Clyde, Maine, man was found drowned Saturday morning after Coast Guard authorities discovered his capsized boat nearby about four miles south of Marshall Point Light.

Michael Lord, who was 45, set off aboard his red 16-foot daysailer from PortClydeHarbor at about noon, the Coast Guard says. According to information on The Weather Channel  Web site, conditions on Saturday were sunny with temperatures near 50 degrees F and winds between 20 and 27 knots for most of the day. The water temperature was about 42 degrees F. Lord was reported overdue at about 7:47 p.m. by his brother-in-law.

Coast Guard officials launched two 47-foot motor lifeboats and a Jayhawk helicopter, and the Maine Marine Patrol assisted in the search, according to the Coast Guard. At 1:17 a.m. rescuers discovered Lord’s capsized boat. Details such as the boat’s name and make/model were not immediately known.

Lord’s body was found two hours later about 200 yards from his boat, news reports say. Lord was wearing a PFD and had a handheld VHF radio on board.

“[Lord] had a handheld radio but it wasn’t turned on,” says Coast Guard spokesperson Kelly Turner. “According to information provided by his family he hardly ever used it.”

The incident is being investigated by the Maine Marine Patrol.

— Jason Fell