Body recovered 15 miles off coast matches missing sailor, USCG official says

*UPDATE* 8/10 11 p.m. – An official with the U.S. Coast Guard said a body pulled from the water Thursday matches the description of a missing sailor from Massachusetts.

USCG suspended its search for 80-year-old sailor Richard Pratt last Friday.

Pratt's family contacted NEWS CENTER, saying Pratt was one of eight children and loved to sail. He began sailing when he was very young and would sail Maine waters every summer.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – The Coast Guard recovered a body Thursday 15 nautical miles off the coast of Kennebunkport.

A good Samaritan contacted watchstanders at Sector Northern New England about 11:15 a.m. and reported finding the body in the water.

A motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, in New Hampshire, recovered the deceased body and transferred it to the New Hampshire Coroner’s office for positive identification.

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