Two crewmen missing as search continues for sunken fishing boat off New England coast


Monday, August 6th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine-based fishing boat sank off the New England coast, killing one crewman. Two others were missing.

The only survivor, Joseph Marcantonio, the skipper of the vessel, was found Sunday in a life raft. The body of James Sanfillippo of Thomaston, Maine, was found early in the day.

Rescue crews spent Sunday searching by air and sea but were unable to find crewmen Mark Doughty of Yarmouth, Maine, and Tom Fronterio of Gloucester, Mass.

All four were aboard the 83-foot trawler Starbound when it sank 130 miles east of Cape Ann, Mass.

Rescuers were expected to continue the search Monday, said Coast Guard Lt. Commander Joe Fischetti, a spokesman for the Coast Guard First District.

The cause of the sinking was unknown, but the Coast Guard said Marcantonio had reported a collision. A plane based at the Coast Guard's Cape Cod station found debris and flashing lights when it arrived at the scene.

Fischetti said the water temperature in the search area was 66 degrees. According to the Coast Guard's computer models, people can survive between 26 to 38 hours in water that temperature.