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Marcia Beal Brazer

Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum

Marcia Beal Brazer, Ogunquit, ME

Marcia Beal Brazer, from Ogunquit, ME, shares a personal story about her husband Norman Brazer, a lobsterman, who got tangled in a lobster buoy rope and fell overboard while fishing near Boon Island, ME. N. Brazer was lucky that he was carrying a knife and was able to untangle himself; however, when he surfaced, he could not find his boat. Luckily, another lobsterman, Mark Sewell, noticed N. Brazer’s body floating and took him to the hospital. After three rounds of CPR, N. Brazer finally responded. He is still a lobsterman. M. Brazer emphasizes how important it is for lobstermen to carry a knife and be able to swim. She reminds everyone to “treasure every single minute and to be grateful for what you have.”

Interviewed by Matt Frassica and Corina Gribble at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, 2018.