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Fisherman Survives For Hours Without Life Vest Off Ipswich

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IPSWICH (CBS) – A fisherman was hospitalized after a dramatic rescue at sea off the coast of Ipswich early Monday morning.

Benjamin Baker, 37, left Ipswich town landing on Sunday morning for a fishing trip. The Coast Guard began searching for him sometime after midnight after his family alerted authorities that he didn’t return from the trip Sunday night as scheduled.

“The man’s father actually called us and said that when he arrived at the hospital, his core body temperature was only in the 80’s. Within an hour, it was back up to the 90’s, but that is pretty cold core body temperature,” said Petty Officer Connie Terrell of the Coast Guard.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.

Baker was found floating about a mile northeast of the Annisquam River at around 3 a.m. Monday. He apparently survived without a life vest in the 62-degree water for several hours.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

He was treated for hypothermia. His boat was never found.

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