Trenton man dies after canoe capsizes

SULLIVAN — A Trenton man’s body was recovered Nov. 7 after the canoe he and another man were riding in capsized about 100 yards from the shore in Flanders Bay near Ober Cove Road.

The Marine Patrol recovered the body of 36-year-old Robert Hill at about 1:30 p.m. last Thursday. Local emergency personnel pronounced him dead, said Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the Department of Marine Resources (DMR).

Hill and another man had been out intending to harvest clams when their boat capsized. The water temperature was 52 degrees.

Nichols said the cause of death was ruled drowning.

The other man, whom DMR has not identified, swam to shore and called 911. A search for Hill ensued, Nichols said.

The Marine Patrol was assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard with a 47-foot rescue boat and helicopter. The Sullivan Fire Department and good Samaritans also assisted with the search, Nichols said.

The Marine Patrol reported that neither of the men appeared to have been wearing lifejackets.

Hill leaves behind a wife, Krystal, and six children. A GoFundMe account has been set up at to raise money to assist with funeral and other living expenses.

Contributions for the care of his children can also be sent to Shaneika Cox, 72 Lone Rock Meadow Lane, Surry, ME 04684.

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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