BOSTON (CBS) – A fishing boat that sunk in the waters off Martha’s Vineyard last month was located Sunday. Massachusetts Environmental Police confirmed the Leonardo was found at the bottom of the ocean using sonar and a remote operated camera.
Three New Bedford based fishermen were lost at sea when the boat was hit by rogue waves on November 24.READ MORE: I-Team: Nora Baston To Be Named New Boston Police Commissioner
“We had no time to get survival gear on, not even a life vest,” lone survivor Ernesto Garcia told WBZ-TV days after he was rescued. “It just happened in a split of a second. There was no chance for nothing except holding your breath.”READ MORE: Ex-Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Found Guilty Of 21 Charges In Corruption Trial
Boat captain Gerry Bretal, and fishermen Mark Cormier Jr. and Xavier Vega are presumed dead. Rescue crews suspended the search for the men about 24 hours after the accident.
The Coast Guard received a distress call from the Leonardo just after 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. The signal came from 24 nautical miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Update: Will You Get A Fourth Relief Payment?
“I’ve never seen water rush in on a boat that fast in my life,” Garcia said.