Coast Guard finds wreckage of scalloping boat; Deer Isle crew still missing

Foxy Lady II, a scallop fishing vessel operated by a crew from Deer Isle, went missing off the coast of Massachusetts.
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Foxy Lady II, a scallop fishing vessel operated by a crew from Deer Isle, went missing off the coast of Massachusetts.
Posted Jan. 11, 2013, at 9:01 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 13, 2013, at 8:58 a.m.

BOSTON, Mass. — Coast Guard Sector Boston confirmed the discovery of the submerged wreckage of the 45-foot fishing vessel Foxy Lady II at approximately 11 a.m. Friday.

Crew members Wallace “Chubby” Gray Jr., 26, and Wayne Young, 50, both Deer Isle residents, have been presumed dead since their scalloping boat disappeared on Dec. 15.

So far, only the boat itself has been located.

“None of the crew members have been found,” said Coast Guard Public Affairs Specialist Adam Stanton on Friday night.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Massachusetts Marine Environmental Police received multiple reports of fishing vessels becoming entangled on an underwater obstruction while trawling in areas between Provincetown, Mass., and Cape Ann, Mass.

Coast Guard Sector Boston investigators, along with assistance and equipment from Massachusetts Marine Environmental Police, responded to assess the seabed. With the use of an underwater camera, the vessel was located and confirmed to be the Foxy Lady II.

Coast Guard Sector Boston investigators are currently working closely with state and local agencies to further investigate the area and will thoroughly assess the findings as a part of the incident investigation.

On Dec. 17, 2012, the Foxy Lady II and its two crewmembers were reported overdue. After a multiday, multi-agency effort by aircraft, cutters, and rescue lifeboats, the Coast Guard’s active search and rescue operation was suspended having not located the vessel or crew. The location of the vessel’s wreckage is within the area searched in December.

The Foxy Lady II was homeported in Gloucester, Mass.

Young and Gray are the seventh and eighth area fishermen who have tragically gone “down to the sea in ships” over the past four years, beginning with the January 2009 sinking of the fishing vessel Patriot.

The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, headed by Angela Sanfillipo, has established a memorial fund for the crew of the Foxy Lady II through BankGloucester. Donations for the Foxy Lady II Fund may be sent care of BankGloucester, 160 Main St., Gloucester MA 10930.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the ages of Wallace Gray Jr. and Wayne Young. Gray is 26, not 56, and Young is 50, not 26.

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