January 8 - 1999: Cape Fear sinks, two crewmen lost

2007: Coast Guard medevacs vessel's master. Big-time RI lawyer in our county jail
The 749-foot M.V. Tapiola. Photo courtesy of qrbiz.com

2007: Coast Guard medevacs vessel's master

749-foot Singapore cargo ship was 40 miles off Nantucket

On this day in 2007 a Coast Guard HH 60 helicopter crew airlifted an ill roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel master today approximately 40 miles southeast of Nantucket.

The Coast Guard received a call from the Tapiola , a 749-foot Singapore flagged cargo vessel at 10:20 this morning, reporting their master was experiencing acute abdominal distress.  After the master's condition continued to deteriorate, an Air Station Cape Cod based HH 60 helicopter was launched to medevac the mariner.

The helicopter arrived on-scene at 3:15 p.m., hoisted the master and delivered him to Cape Cod Hospital at 3:59 p.m. and an order was issued by the Coast Guard that the Tapiola remain anchored until the vessel master is replaced and the ship is in full compliance with it's safe manning certificate. At the time of the medevac, visibility was reported to be low, at 1 to 2 miles.  Seas were 6 to10 feet and winds were 20 to 25 knots. Photo coutesy of QRBIZ.com.

2007: Prominent RI lawyer in Barnstable jail


Also on this day in 2006 Joseph A. Bevilacqua Jr., once one of the state’s more prominent criminal defense lawyers, was headed back to jail, and the jail was on Cape Cod. Bevilacqua, who had been serving the final portion of an 18-month sentence on work release, was ordered held at the Barnstable County House of Correction on Cape Cod after his arrest last week on charges that he participated in a scheme to pocket $150,000 from drug-dealer clients.

Bevilacqua, 57, of West Warwick, learned the day before that he will remain locked up in the county jail through Jan. 17. The next day, he will be taken back to U.S. District Court in Boston to be arraigned on a felony count of conspiracy... Jonathan Shapiro, Bevilacqua’s court-appointed lawyer, asked Judge Joyce London Alexander to let Bevilacqua serve out the final days of his sentence in work release. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to lock him up for a week,” he said.

In 2005, Bevilacqua was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for leaking a confidential FBI videotape to Jim Taricani, a Rhode Island television reporter. The conviction led to Bevilacqua’s disbarment from practicing law.

1999: Fishing boat Cape Fear sinks in Buzzards Bay

On this day in 1999, the 112-foot fishing boat Cape Fear sank a quarter mile from the light tower at the mouth of Buzzards Bay.

Its captain and two crew members were rescued by the vessel's sister ship, the Misty Dawn, but two other crew were presumed drowned in the frigid, 37-degree waters.

Two days earlier, the fishing boat Beth Dee Bob sank off New Jersey after taking on water during a storm. Four crew members were lost.

On Jan. 18, the 74-foot clam vessel Adriatic sank in high winds and heavy seas, also off New Jersey, killing its four crew members.

"It's unusual to lose this many boats in such a short period," Coast Guard spokesman John Fitzgerald told The Washington Post

(Photo credit, the movie "The Perfect Storm")

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