Coast Guard Locates Missing Fishing Vessel

BOSTON – The Coast Guard confirmed today the fishing vessel Lady of Grace sank in Nantucket Sound 11 nautical miles north of Nantucket after divers from the Massachusetts Law Enforcment council positively identified the 75-foot dragger as laying on its port side in 36 feet of water.

The vessel’s one life raft was found still in its case and attached to the boat.

The crew of the 75-foot dragger is identified as Antonio Barroqueiro, Rogerio Vendura, Mario Farinha, and Joao Silva. No members of the crew have yet been located.

Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead, an 87-foot patrol boat home ported in Woods Hole, Mass., brought the dive team members to the scene, at which sonar and video equipment earlier detected an image which was thought to be the missing boat.

Coast Guard aircraft and surface vessels searched for the fishing boat since early Saturday morning after it did not arrive at New Bedford harbor as expected. The search for the vessel’s crew continues.

The Coast Guard conducted 25 separate searches covering over 6,000 square miles using an HU-25 Falcon jet and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod. On the water, Coast Guard Cutters Bainbridge Island, Hammerhead and Seneca have been involved in the search, as well as small boats from Stations Menemsha, Brant Point and Woods Hole.

Source: USCG D1 Public Affairs

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