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ROCKLAND, Maine

Two Maine fishermen overcome by rotting fish

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Fire officials in Maine say rotting fish aboard their vessel created a noxious gas that sent two fishermen to the hospital Friday. Assistant Fire Chief Adam Miceli said one of the fishermen was rendered unconscious and had to be taken by helicopter to Maine Medical Center. The other was being treated at Pen Bay Hospital. Miceli said hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas, built up in a holding tank after the 89-foot Starlight offloaded herring. Miceli said the first fisherman lost consciousness, and the second was sickened trying to assist him. He said a third fisherman saw what was happening and used a breathing apparatus to help rescue the other two. No identities have been released.

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