Coast Guard Ends Search for Missing Boston Fisherman
The Coast Guard called off their search the day after a fisherman went overboard off a Boston fishing boat, F/V LYDIA MAYA, southeast of Cape Ann, Massachusetts on December 19. The search for the missing fisherman was called off on December 20 after the Coast Guard deployed boats and helicopters to search almost 300 square miles near the area the fisherman went down. According to officials, the fisherman was not wearing a life jacket.
According to the Portland Press Herald, the fisherman, Martin Gorham, went overboard when a door that was supposed to be locked was open. Another crewmember jumped in after the fisherman but was unable to rescue him in the rough waters. The wind temperature was 47 degrees and the air temperature was 40 degrees at the time of the incident.
The search for the missing crewmember was called off at 10:42 a.m. The Coast Guard said that the case is still under investigation.
The United States Coast Guard will perform an investigation into Mr. Gorham’s death and will examine whether proper procedure and operations were followed regarding locking the door or whether any defective equipment was involved.
Fishing accidents can cause serious injuries, and for fishermen who are killed at sea, their families may suffer greatly from lost income and emotional grief. When a fishermen suffers an injury at sea and is unable to work, he may be able to file for compensation for his injuries under the Jones Act and general maritime law for pain and suffering and mental anguish, past and future lost wages to future medical bills. If a family has lost a loved one on a fishing vessel, family members may be entitled to damages for loss of support and services of the deceased, conscious pain and suffering of the deceased prior to his death to loss of nurture and guidance to any children who lost their mother or father.
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