BOSTON (CBS) – Coast Guard crews have suspended their search for three missing fishermen off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.
Officials received a distress call Sunday afternoon that a boat capsized and sank about 24 nautical miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard.
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One man was rescued and is in good condition.
Three other crew members from The Leonardo are missing. The boat is based out of New Bedford.
Alisha Marques said her brother, Mark Cormier, is one of the fishermen who is lost at sea. Prior to the announcement the search had been suspended, she told WBZ-TV she was not ready to give up hope despite the difficult outlook.
“He’s a huge family man. Such a good guy. Would take the shirt off his back for anybody. He loved his mother,” she said. “Maybe we’re going to get a call in hour saying we found him and we’re bringing him home. I’m just not ready to give up. I’m not ready to give up.”
Steve Stemp is a fisherman out of New Bedford. Though he didn’t know the crew members, the incident still hits close to home.
“As a fisherman myself, It could happen to us. It could be us. Even though you don’t know the guys, it impacts you. You don’t want to hear something like that,” he said.