Maine Marine Patrol located the body of a shellfish harvester reported missing during a search early this morning.

Officials received a report at approximately 6 a.m. that Delbert Caler, 62, of Harrington, was missing after he had gone clamming last evening.

The search began immediately, assisted by the Maine Warden Service and members of the community.

Caler's body was found at around 9 a.m. in the water a half mile away from Lower Wass Cove on the Pleasant River. Clamming gear belonging to Caler had been found earlier in the morning.

"Delbert was a hardworking and dedicated family man and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community," said family friend Heather Strout Thompson.

Caler’s body is being transferred to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for confirmation of cause of death.

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Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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