Coast Guard suspends search for 3 fishermen off Martha’s Vineyard

The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston, and Escanaba’s small boat are underway for a personnel transfer offshore Haiti Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The cutter’s crew hosted Brian Shukan, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, and Michel-Ange Gedeon, director general of the Haitian National Police, for discussion of international search and rescue coordination and a tour of the cutter. U.S. Coast Guard photoBOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for three missing fishermen in the waters off Massachusetts.

Missing are: Gerald Bretal, Mark Cormier Jr. and Xavier Vega

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard District One command center initially received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert Sunday at 3:18 p.m. from the fishing boat Leonardo, which capsized and sank 24 nautical miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard.


Crewmembers from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and rescued one person, Ernesto Santos, from a life raft.

The search spanned over 25 hours and includes the following assets:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba
  • Coast Guard Cutter Cobia
  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod

It was reported that the missing were not wearing survival suits or life jackets.

After all leads are exhausted, the Coast Guard suspends a search pending new information.


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