KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — A 19-year-old lobsterman dragged overboard into the frigid waters off the Maine coast is alive thanks to his dad and a fellow crew member.
Devin Pesce of Lisbon Falls was pulled overboard and dragged underwater Wednesday when his ankle got tangled in rope as the crew was dropping a string of lobster traps. His father Dan and another crewman used the winch to pull Pesce from the water and administer CPR.
‘‘I can’t tell you the feeling because I can’t put words to it,’’ crew member Lucky Oppedisano told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1eRXPbu). ‘‘I've known this kid his whole life, since he was a baby.’’
It took 3 to 4 frantic minutes to get Pesce out of the 38-degree water, along with a tangle of traps, Oppedisano said. Devin Pesce wasn’t breathing when he was pulled onto the deck, so the men performed CPR until he revived.
‘‘His eyes came back’’ showing the first sign of life, Oppedisano said. ‘‘Then that salt water and stuff came out of him. He was trying to gasp for breath.’’
They radioed the Coast Guard and headed for the nearest port, Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, where an ambulance met them and took Devin Pesce to a hospital.
Despite the ordeal, Pesce, who remains hospitalized in serious condition, managed to walk off the boat, the 42-foot Kylie Brooke out of Harpswell, Oppedisano said.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com