The Boston.com Metro Desk reported that a 51-year-old Gloucester fisherman died late Tuesday after diving beneath a herring boat to untangle a net from its rudder, the city’s assistant harbormaster said.

The crewman was working on the 164-foot Western Venture fishing boat about 150 miles from shore when a net that the crew was attempting to haul up to deck became snagged on the rudder. He was conscious when he was pulled onto the deck, but he stopped breathing and lost consciousness shortly afterward.

“It’s dangerous because the boat is rocking,” the assistant harbormaster said. “He could have hit his head. We just don’t know.”  To learn more from Boston.com, please click here.

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