Commercial divers recover body from Lady Mary wreck site

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Commercial divers recovered one body from the 71-foot fishing boat Lady Mary 75 miles east of Cape May, N.J., Tuesday.

Deceased is Tarzon “Bernie Mac” Smith.

Coast Guard officials were notified at approximately 8 p.m. the divers had recovered the body.

The body was transported to Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, N.J., for identification.

The Lady Mary sank March 24, 2009, and the Coast Guard launched an intensive 37 hour search covering 3,417 square nautical miles after receiving an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew recovered three Lady Mary crew members, two of which were unable to be resuscitated, Royal Smith Jr. and Timothy Smith, and one survivor, Jose Luis Arias.

The accident is still under investigation.

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