Coast Guard suspends search for Maine fisherman missing off Massachusetts coast

Posted Dec. 21, 2013, at 6:02 a.m.

Coast Guard crews suspended their search Friday for a yet-unidentified crew member who fell from a fishing boat off the coast of Cape Ann, Mass., and never resurfaced Thursday.

The Coast Guard formally suspended the search shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, some 22 hours after a fisherman went overboard from the fishing vessel Lydia & Maya, approximately 32 miles southeast of Cape Ann.

Coast Guard officials added Friday evening that the incident is under investigation. Coast Guard senior public affairs Specialist Myeonghi Clegg said she could not confirm the man’s identity, but said that the missing man is from Maine.

The boat is homeported out of Boston and owned by New England fishermen’s advocate Amanda Odlin and her husband Chris Odlin of Portland, Maine; the vessel is named after the couple’s daughters. The boat, built in 1967 with a gross tonnage of 110 tons, was in Gloucester in 2009 for an overhaul.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston had received a report at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday from the 71-foot fishing vessel’s crew members stating that a 47-year-old male crew member had gone overboard and they were unable to find him.

The man overboard is reported to be have been wearing yellow pants, an orange overcoat and no lifejacket at the time. The water temperature was 47 degrees, the air temperature was 40 degrees and seas were pegged at 2 to 4 feet with 20-knot winds as of Friday morning, Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard response Thursday night included sending two 47-foot Motor Life Boats — one out of Coast Guard Station Gloucester, the other from Station Provincetown.

The Coast Guard also used the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, backed from the air by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Station Cape Cod that occasionally veered over parts of Gloucester and Manchester late Thursday.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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