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Maine fisherman on trawler dies at sea

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GLOUCESTER — Massachusetts authorities are investigating the death of a fisherman from Maine aboard a commercial vessel.

A spokeswoman for the US Coast Guard told The Gloucester Daily Times that crew aboard the 107-foot herring trawler Osprey reported a colleague suffering what appeared to be a severe asthma attack at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday. The man was identified as Michael Grindle, 40, of Blue Hill, Maine.

The boat was about 65 miles from Cape Cod, and the Coast Guard ordered the vessel to Gloucester. It arrived at about 4:30 p.m. The death does not appear suspicious, but an autopsy is scheduled, the Essex district attorney’s office said. Police said they are investigating the discovery of a Class A substance on board.

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