OGUNQUIT, Maine — A Maine Marine Patrol dive team planned to search the waters off Perkins Cove in Ogunquit late Friday morning for a missing fisherman in what has shifted from a “rescue” effort to a “recovery” effort, according to one of the divers.

Officer Scott Couture of the Maine Marine Patrol told the Bangor Daily News late Friday morning that authorities no longer expect to find the missing 51-year-old man, who has not been officially identified, alive.

The man was on a recreational boating trip when he jumped into the water about a mile offshore just before midnight, Couture said.

“Unfortunately, he was not able to make it back to the boat,” said Couture, whose team will be searching water as deep as 75 feet. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to recover the individual today.”

The Maine Marine Patrol was joined by the U.S. Coast Guard and local fire departments, using boats and helicopters, in a search that reportedly began early Friday morning.

While the name of the fisherman lost has not been confirmed by the authorities, the York County Coast Star reported Friday morning that friends and community members on the scene have identified him as Bill McIntire. McIntire had gone out with friends on a recreational boating trip aboard the Perkins Cove-based commercial fishing vessel The Clover, the newspaper reported.

“Everybody loves Billy. He’s funny and always around,” Beverly Tower, one of the man’s friends at the scene Friday, told the York County Coast Star. “It’s a very small community, everyone knows everyone else. Everyone is very upset.”

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.