Women of Maine: Corrie Roberts

Corrie Roberts

Women of Maine: Corrie Roberts

Highlighting the triumphs of Maine women & girls.

On Friday October 2nd, Marine Patrol Specialist Corrie Roberts made a daring leap onto a 40-foot lobster boat that was discovered circling in rough waters off of Rockland Harbor. The coordinated attempt to save Robert Staples, 78, of North Haven who died onboard the Legacy from natural causes, combined the efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard, Maine Marine Patrol, the Maine Ferry Service, the Rockland Fire Department, and members of Rockland EMS.

Maine Marine Patrol is a subset of the Maine Department of Marine Resources and when fully staffed, includes 52 uniformed state law enforcement officers who are charged with investigating and providing protective services work including patrolling an assigned coastal area by land and sea, protecting marine resources, coastal property, and the public; enforcing applicable laws; and investigating complaints and incidents. 

Roberts has been a Marine Patrol member for ten years and is one of three women on the Marine Patrol staff. Of her harrowing experience boarding a moving vessel Roberts says, "The Patrol usually doesn't have so much coverage of these kinds of maneuvers, but this one was so close (to Rockland), it got a lot of coverage. Officers do this kind of thing all the time."

The Maine Women’s Fund recognizes Corrie Roberts for excellence in her field and as a role model for women and girls in Maine. Her contributions to the public safety and wellbeing of Maine’s coastal communities deserve our thanks.

To view the rescue video or pictures click here.

If you know of a Maine women or girl whose story deserves recognition please email Lauren Webster LaFrance, Communications and Marketing Director at lauren@mainewomensfund.org.

Posted 10.13.2015 under News and Resources