Gloucester Police have joined with U.S. Coast Guard officials in investigating the death of a 40-year-old man on board the 107-foot, Gloucester-based fishing trawler Osprey after the vessel arrived in port off Harbor Loop late this afternoon.
Officials with the Essex County District Attorney’s Office tonight have identified the man as Michael Grindle, with addresses listed both in Gloucester and in Blue Hill, Maine.
Police officers joined in boarding the vessel shortly after it arrived at roughly 4:35 after a more than 12-hour trip back to port. A Gloucester Police K9 drug unit also joined in a search of the boat for potential evidence.
A Coast Guard representative said earlier this afternoon that the initial call regarding an incident on board came at 3:45 a.m., indicating that a crew member was undergoing a “severe asthma” attack. Officials tonight would say only that they are looking at the death being due to an “unknown medical condition,” though they have ruled out foul play.
The distress call came while the Osprey and its crew were some 65 miles off the Cape Cod town of Chatham. The Coast Guard also indicated that a fellow crew member attempted to administer CPR, but the Coast Guard then ordered the boat to head for the port it could reach the quickest — and the Osprey headed for Gloucester.
The Osprey is a herring trawler owned by Peter Mullen and has been operated previously by Padraic Dirrane, though it is not clear whether Dirrane was on the vessel this time.
The Osprey had also been subject of a Coast Guard investigation in January, when it ran aground near Ten Pound Island in Gloucester Harbor spilling more than 150 gallons of No. 2 heating oil into the nearby cove off Rocky Neck.
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