April 07, 2020

Coast Guard searching for missing boater, 55

PORTLAND – A search was under way Tuesday evening off southern Maine’s coast for a 55-year-old man who was last seen a day earlier, the Coast Guard said.

Searchers were looking for information from anyone who may have seen Robert Gilsey since he left Portland around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Gilsey was en route to his home on Great Diamond Island, but it appears he never arrived, Coast Guard Ensign Ben Crowell said.

Gilsey’s 23-foot motorboat was found adrift in Portland Harbor, with the keys in the ignition and the throttle open. Searchers believe the boat was under way for a time with Gilsey aboard, but he was not aboard when his boat was found, Crowell said.

A search began around midday Tuesday. A helicopter and two boats each from the Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol were searching for Gilsey.

A Coast Guard cutter was also en route to the search area, in Portland Harbor south to the Cape Elizabeth area, Crowell said.

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