Maine state representative, sternman rescued after boat capsizes

Published: Sep. 18, 2023 at 12:17 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A state representative who’s also a lobsterman was rescued after his boat capsized on Friday.

According to a Facebook post on State Representative Billy Bob Faulkingham’s page, he and his sternman were wrapping up for the day when a rogue wave hit their 40 foot boat and flipped it.

Faulkingham and his sternman were both thrown off the boat and were able to climb back on to the stern.

They were out in the water for almost an hour before Faulkingham’s cousin, Mike, found out what happened and was able to find them.

Moments after they were rescued, the boat sank.

”I’ve got bruises all over my body. I don’t know how I did what I did or felt how I felt because it’s not how I feel right now I can tell you that. I’ve got a straight line bruise that goes from my chest all the way to my waist or something.

“I hit something or something hit me, i don’t know if the boat weighed on me or what happened but my chest hurts really bad but nothing was broken. I have one bone broken in my face and my lip was gashed open but it’ll be fine,” Faulkingam said.

“We get in there and they’re like do we throw a life ring in there, what do we do? I’m like we’re getting them, that’s what we’re doing and that’s what we did. It just felt good to bring people home,” Mike Faulkingam said.

During the incident Faulkingham said he helped his sternman who suffered a facial injury and a broken arm.

There’s currently no update on the sternmans condition.