Paul A. Nikas, Chief of Police
15 Elm St.
Ipswich, MA 01938
For Immediate Release
Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Ipswich Police Recover Body in Rough Surf off Crane Beach
IPSWICH — Chief Paul A. Nikas reports that the Ipswich Police Department has recovered the body of an adult male found in the surf along the Crane Beach shoreline.
At 7:30 a.m. Monday, a local fisherman notified police of a body in the water. Police immediately responded and recovered the body.
The victim has been identified as Sean T. Maney, age 46, of Rowley. Maney was determined to have been alone in his boat on Sunday night when he was last heard from. Ipswich Marine units boarded Maney’s boat Monday and conducted an investigation. The boat’s dinghy was recovered after being located by a United States Coast Guard helicopter, stuck in the mud on nearby marshland.
The investigation of Maney’s death is being conducted by the Ipswich Police Department, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A preliminary investigation indicates an accidental drowning.
High winds Sunday and Monday have created unusually rough and choppy waters in the Plum Island Sound area and including the mouth of the Ipswich River, as well as waters off of Steep Hill Beach and Crane Beach.
Chief Nikas urges boaters to exercise extreme caution in these conditions.