A 48-year-old sailor who apparently stopped in Gloucester while sailing from Bermuda back to his home in Maine has been identified as the man whose body was found in the waters of Gloucester Harbor Saturday near the Maritime Heritage Museum on Harbor Loop.
According to Gloucester Police Lt. Joseph Aiello, David Kendall had moored his sailboat, the Querencia, at Brown's Boatyard in East Gloucester and apparently took a Zodiac boat in to shore.
His body was found in the water at the pier of the Heritage Museum just before 3 p.m. Saturday, and was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard and Gloucester Police, using the city's harbor patrol boat.
Aiello had said Saturday that authorities had found identification on the man's body; Aiello confirmed this morning that officials have reached and notified Kendall's wife and family at their home in Yarmouth, Maine.
Aiello said it is not clear how Kendall may have fallen into the water, and added that the case remains under investigation by Gloucester Police Detective Jeremiah Nicastro and by the Essex County District Attorney's office.
He added, however, that there are no readily-apparent signs of foul play. Police had said Saturday that it did not appear that Kendall's body had been in the water for an extended period of time.
Kendall's boat — which bears a listed address out of Walpole, police said — is registered as a recreational sailboat measuring 43.9 feet in length with a gross weight of 19 tons. The boat was built in 1978, and Kendall is listed as its owner/operator.
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