Fishermen presumed lost at sea

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After three days, the Coast Guard called off the search for the 45-foot scalloping boat Foxy Lady II and its crew of two at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, ending its effort to find the vessel and its two crewmembers.

Surviving family members say they were personally informed by the Coast Guard that their loved ones, the 25-year-old captain and his 50-year-old crewman, are presumed “lost at sea.”

The Foxy Lady II had left Gloucester, Mass., on Saturday for a day trip to Stellwagen Bank. The captain had text-messaged his girlfriend through Satruday morning until around noon; she contacted the Coast Guard on Monday morning when the boat had not returned.

The Coast Guard said the vessel had not issued an SOS or any electronic emergency signals. The Coast Guard searched Massachusetts Bay Monday through the daylight hours Wednesday. Crews searched more than 2,800 square miles with no sign of the fishermen.

The Coast Guard says a lifeboat rescue pod belonging to the vessel was found Tuesday in a marshy area of the Saugus River.

Click here for a report by The Gloucester Times and click here for the official Coast Guard announcement.