Diver's body found at Andrea Doria wreck site; Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel

Diver's body found 48 miles at sea
Diving Andrea Dora wreck site


Coast Guard search crews ended search efforts for a missing diver 48 miles south of Nantucket Sunday, July 24, 2011, after fellow divers located his body near the dive site.
   Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report of the missing 27-year-old male from the dive charter vessel John Jack at 8:30 a.m.
Andrea Doria sank 55 years ago today
   The vessel was conducting recreational diving over the wreck of the Andrea Doria south of Nantucket. The master of the vessel originally reported that the diver had approximately six hours of air in his tanks. The wreck lies in about 200 feet of water.
   The Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead, home-ported in Woods Hole, Mass., diverted to the scene to begin searching for the diver. An HU-25 Falcon jet and a MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod also launched to assist in the search.
   The diver's body was located at 3:32 p.m. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
   "It's never easy to see a search end this way and our hearts and thoughts are with the family now," said Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Hall, First Coast Guard District Public Affairs.

Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel Fisherman from 60 miles east of Chatham

Coast Guard crews are towing a disabled fishing vessel 60 miles east Chatham on Sunday, July 24, 2011.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call from the fishing vessel Fisherman stating they were disabled and adrift approximately 60 miles east of Chatham with four people on board.

The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane was diverted to assist and determine if the vessel's engines and generators could be restarted. Once on scene, Coast Guard personnel determined the vessel could not be repaired at sea.

Harriet Lane took the fishing vessel in tow at 1 p.m. and will rendezvous with the the vessel's sister ship later tonight. The tow will then be transferred for further transit to safe harbor.

Harriet Lane is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter from Portsmouth, Va.

"We're glad the fishing vessel contacted our crews quickly and that Harriet Lane was out there to assist," said Lt. Joe Klinker, First Coast Guard District Public Affairs. "Ensuring the safety of commercial fishermen is a very important part of our mission here in the northeast."

Courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.

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