The body of an adolescent lobsterman is recovered off the coast of Maine a month after disappearing at sea

The body of an 18-year-old lobsterman was recovered off the Maine coast this week, exactly one month after he went missing at sea.

Tylar Michaud of Steuben was identified Thursday as the dead man discovered in the bay next to Addison, a town more than seven miles from where his empty fishing boat was discovered last month.

The grim confirmation ended a massive search for the recent high school graduate.

“I am grateful for the tremendous support that followed Tylar’s disappearance,” Patrick Keliher, commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, said in a statement.

“The efforts of all who joined in the difficult search were unprecedented. Many agencies and individuals devoted countless hours to this search. It says a lot about the profound impact a loss like this can have.”

Michaud had been missing since July 21 after he went out to tend his lobster traps near Petit Manan Island.

His boat was found by another lobsterman near Petit Manan Point on Maine’s mainland coast, authorities said.

The body pulled from the ocean this week was confirmed to be Tylar Michaud, an 18-year-old fisherman who had been missing for a month.Cathy Reeves Woods/Facebook
tylar michaudMichaud disappeared just a month after graduating high school and celebrating his 18th birthday. Gouldsboro Fire/Rescue
tylar michaudThe teen’s family described him as an avid fisherman who didn’t spend enough time in the water. Kasey Call/Facebook

Rescuers from various local and state agencies deployed boats, helicopters and dive teams throughout a several-mile stretch of the area searching for Michaud in the nearly four weeks before a lobsterman discovered his body Monday.

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The cause of his death is still under investigation.

The lobsterman was lost at sea just a month after graduating from Sumner Memorial High School and celebrating his 18th birthday, according to his online obituary.

Point Petit MananMichaud’s empty boat was found by another lobsterman near Petit Manan Point on the mainland coast of Maine.JaysonPhotography

The teen’s loved ones described him as a “wicked, smart” and “curious” teenager who had a penchant for lobstering, a hobby he picked up on his mother’s side of the family.

“Tylar went lobstering with his Kennedy family and spent as much time as he could in the water. He was never satisfied with what he knew and could be found in the fishing community questioning other lobstermen for advice on how to improve,” his family wrote.

A fishing boat off the coast of Maine.Michaud was missing at sea for a month.shaunl

“Tylar lit up a room when he walked in. The first thing he always noticed was his stunning eyes, full of intelligence and wit. He was a delight to everyone he met. Tylar never had any qualms about participating, pulling a prank, telling a joke, or making fun of those he loved the most.”

He planned to use the proceeds from lobstering to pay for classes this fall at the Maine Maritime Academy, where he planned to study marine engineering.

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