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Fishing Boat Sinks Off Maine

June 8, 2000

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) _ A 52-foot fishing trawler sank in stormy seas about 17 miles off the coast, and two of its three crew members drowned, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.

The Coast Guard received a distress call from the Portland-based Infinity late Tuesday and dispatched an airplane, a helicopter and a high-speed rescue boat, said Petty Officer Dean Drake.

The rescuers faced heavy rain, strong wind and 8- to 12-foot seas. They located the site of the sinking after detecting the smell of spilled fuel.

The lone survivor, Daniel Ela, was found clinging to the boat’s emergency beacon and was plucked from the water at about midnight, Meyers said. Ela, 29, was taken to the Maine Medical Center in Portland and was released Wednesday morning, a nursing supervisor said.

The Coast Guard also recovered the bodies of Sean McDougall and Jeffrey Martin, said Petty Officer Terrell Odom. Their home towns and ages were not immediately available.

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