Dive Team Finds Missing Dragger in Icy Cobscook Bay Waters

PEMBROKE — Returning to an area where sluicing tide had limited their ability to search, Maine State Police and Marine Patrol divers found the sunken hull of the urchin dragger All American on the bottom of chilly Cobscook Bay on Monday morning.


The fishing boat and her crew, captain Loren Lank, 53, of Lubec and 19-year old Logan Preston of Roque Bluffs, was lost last March. Lank’s body was recovered within hours after the vessel disappeared. As of Monday afternoon, there was still no trace of Preston.

Marine Patrol Lt. Alan Talbot said the eight-member dive found the All American in about 60 feet of water off Leighton Point, in Pembroke. Only the hull was discovered. Several local fishing boats assisted in the search, including one operated by Roger Preston, the father of the missing deckhand and owner of the All American.

“We couldn’t find any human remains at all,” Talbot said.

The bottom where the sunken hull was found is strewn with ledges. The tide races through the narrow passage that leads from Cobscook Bay to Dennys and Whiting bays.

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