90-year-old lobsterman swims for his life after sinking

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A 90-year-old lobsterman who his family describes as “a pretty stubborn, feisty Mainer” swam about 30 yards to shore when his 26-foot boat ran aground and sank last week.

Phillip Tuttle, of Harpswell, had cuts and scrapes, but was recovering at home Monday after being rescued by his son-in-law, who headed out on a boat when the old salt didn’t return home at sunset on Friday.

“He climbed out onto the ledge he hit, the tide was coming in now, so he knew he had to get to shore,” Tuttle’s daughter-in-law told the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine. “He’s a pretty good swimmer, or was in his day, and he made it to shore.”

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