Fishing Vessel Lady of Grace Salvaged

WOOD’S HOLE, Mass. – The fishing vessel Lady of Grace was raised today, and no bodies were discovered aboard.

The Lady of Grace sank in approximately 50 feet of water 12 miles south of Hyannis, Mass., January 26, 2007. The vessel was salvaged today by a commercial contractor, Donjon Marine Co., Inc., and placed on a deck barge. Once safely onboard the barge, Massachusetts State Police and Coast Guard investigators entered the vessel to recover any further bodies but were unable to conduct a complete search due to conditions inside the vessel. Investigators plan to re-enter the vessel with additional equipment tomorrow.

Rogerio Ventura and Joao Silva remain missing since the Lady of Grace sank. Two other crewmembers, Antonio Barroqueiro and Mario Tavares Farinhas, were recovered from the Lady of Grace by State Police divers earlier in the year.

The Coast Guard enforced a safety zone around the vicinity throughout the operation, and a commercial environmental team, equipped with environmental response apparatus, was staged nearby and prepared to respond throughout the day in the event pollution became a concern as the vessel was lifted. No pollution was reported.

The Coast Guard continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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