DEER ISLE – Authorities are investigating the cause of death of a Massachusetts man who was found on the shore in Little Deer Isle about 75 yards from his camp on Tuesday morning.
Maine Marine Patrol Sgt. Colin MacDonald said the deceased is William Lamb, 82.
Lamb was staying with his wife at the family’s camp.
The couple had lunch on Monday then he decided to go for a row in his dinghy, MacDonald said.
“He didn’t return and she went looking for him and wasn’t able to find him,” said MacDonald. “A cousin who also lives on Little Deer Isle came and assisted [on Tuesday] and she located the body laying on the beach. The punt was nearby with the oars still in it.
“We’re not exactly sure what happened because it was unattended,” the sergeant said. “The body was taken to the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office.”
“According to his wife, he was in good health. They knew of no major health issues,” MacDonald said. “He walked every day.”
The Maine State Police assisted.