Coast Guard to search through the night for Gloucester fisherman

BOSTON — Multiple Coast Guard crews are continuing to search for the man who fell overboard from the fishing vessel Dominatrix Tuesday afternoon about three miles south of Eastern Point in Gloucester, Mass.

Missing is Jaime Ortiz, 43.

Ortiz was working on the stern of the 39-foot lobster boat when he fell overboard at about 2 p.m.

A 25-foot boat crew from Station Gloucester was on scene searching 10 minutes after the call for help came in. Also searching were a 47-foot boat crew from Station Gloucester, jet and helicopter crews from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., the Dominatrix, the Gloucester and Salem, Mass., harbormasters, two Massachusetts Environmental Police boats, commercial vessels Gateway Endeavor and Manatee, and several local fishing vessels

A 47-foot boat crew from Station Gloucester and a helicopter crew remain on scene. Additionally, the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel from Woods Hole, Mass., is en route now and once on scene, will search through the night.

“We are really grateful for the tremendous amount of help we’ve gotten from local mariners and other agencies during the search for Mr. Ortiz,” said Chief Warrant Officer Chris Sparkman, officer in charge of Station Gloucester. “This is a tragic situation for everyone involved, but all the help from the local mariners and agencies show the sense of community in Gloucester. We’re going to continue working together to maximize our search efforts.”

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