January 27 - 2007: Search begins for Lady of Grace

2000: Belichick named Patriots coach. 2015: Historic Blizzard hits Cape
The Lady of Grace went down in icy waters in 2007. USCG photo.

2007: Coast Guard launches a massive search for the missing 75-foot dragger

On this day in 2007, the Coast Guard launched a massive search for the Fishing Vessel Lady of Grace after the 75-foot dragger failed to return as scheduled to New Bedford.

The four-man crew of the boat was last heard from the night before, struggling to cross Nantucket Sound in a winter gale with 6- to 9-foot seas buffeting the Sound.

Using side scan sonar, Coast Guard personnel located the sunken vessel 12 miles south of Hyannis one day after the search began. The bodies of Lady of Grace captain Antonio Barroqueiro and crew member Mario Farinhas were recovered, but two other crew members,  Rogerio Ventura and Joao Silva - were never found.

A Coast Guard report issued concluded that a buildup of ice on the superstructure and lines of the Lady of Grace rendered the vessel top-heavy and most likely caused it to capsize.

Read the stories about this tragedy starting with previous problem with the boat:

2000: Belichick named head coach of New England Patriots

On this day in 2000, Bill Belichick was named head coach of the New England Patriots.

Belichick had already earned a reputation as a brilliant defensive strategist in his years with the Giants and the Jets.

In his second season with the Patriots, Belichick made a controversial move, replacing starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe with the unknown backup named Tom Brady.

2015: Historic Blizzards cripples Cape Cod

Blizzard bears down on Cape, all schools, town offices closed

As Cape Codders prepare for the first blizzard of 2015--a blizzard the state called "crippling and potentially historic".

This State Trooper was investigating an accident with a trailer truck in Bourne. Photo by Daviod Curan.
See our story here.

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