VINALHAVEN – Officials have identified the fisherman found in the water alongside his empty lobster boat off Vinalhaven Island.

The Maine Marine Patrol said 36-year-old Jeremy Philbrook of Vinalhaven is believed to have fallen overboard and drowned.

A boater discovered his body Wednesday afternoon in Hurricane Sound. A Maine Marine Patrol vessel transferred the victim to emergency medical personnel, who pronounced him dead.

Coast Guard Lt. Scott McCann said the case underscores the importance of wearing a lifejacket, especially those who, like Philbrook, are alone on the water.

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