FRANKLIN (AP) – A Hancock man died Wednesday when a 12-foot boat capsized on Great Pond, the Maine Warden Service said.

The victim was identified as Kelley R. Griffin, 39, who was fishing with his older brother when the outboard-powered craft overturned at about 5:45 p.m.

The two were in the water for about 45 minutes before being rescued by a local resident, Sam Place, who got them to shore, Lt. Bill Allen said.

Griffin apparently succumbed to hypothermia, Allen said.

“He was in cardiac arrest when the ambulance arrived.” the warden said. “They got him ashore and that was when he collapsed.”

Allen said Griffin’s brother David, also of Hancock, survived the ordeal.

The two men did not have wearable life preservers and Kelley Griffin lost his buoyant cushion, Allen said. “Alcohol was definitely a factor,” he added.

Griffin was trying to start the motor when the boat capsized, Allen said.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.