Boat owner: Missing Massachusetts fishermen ‘presumed lost’

November 26, 2019 GMT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for three commercial fishermen who went missing when their vessel capsized off the coast of Massachusetts.

The search was suspended at about 4:40 p.m. Monday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Noel says a distress signal from the Leonardo, a 57-foot scallop boat out of New Bedford, came in at 3:18 p.m. Sunday. The vessel was 24 nautical miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard.

A helicopter rescued one crewmember, identified Tuesday as Ernesto Santos, from a life raft at about 4:48 p.m.

The missing fishermen were identified by the Coast Guard as Gerald Bretal, Mark Cormier Jr., and Xavier Vega. They did not appear to be wearing survival suits or life jackets.

The boat’s owner, Luis Martins, tells The Standard-Times the three are presumed lost.


This story has been corrected to reflect the time the search was called off to 4:40 p.m., not 5:45 p.m.