Police, Coast Guard nvestigators re-enter Lady of Grace
WOODS HOLE - Massachusetts State Police and Coast Guard investigators returned to the Lady of Grace today to continue their investigation surrounding the sinking of the vessel on January 26th. No bodies were discovered during today’s investigation.
A commercial contractor successfully hoisted the Lady of Grace onto a deck barge yesterday and transported the fishing vessel to Quonset, R.I., see photo on right. While the vessel was moored at the Quonset facility, investigators boarded it to gather additional information and to search for two crewmembers who remain missing .
Investigators have now completed their physical examination of the vessel, and the captain of the Port of Providence has granted permission for the Lady of Grace to be moved at the discretion of the owner and commercial contractor.
Fishing boat sank 12 miles south of Hyannis on January 26
No bodies found, Cosat Guard to investigate cause
The fishing vessel Lady of Grace (shown going to sea last year) 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.
Read the sequence of the Coast Guard's search and rescue of this vessel here.