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Update: Coast Guard Crews to Continue Search for Missing Fishermen

Coast Guard vessels in dock Port of Galilee, Point Judith. Photo: Tracey C. O’Neill

Narragansett, RIThe U.S. Coast Guard reports that it will continue to search for two local fishermen who were lost when their fishing boat capsized and sunk in the waters of Block Island Sound early Monday morning.

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba and Steelhead are expected to stay on scene through the night.

The fishing vessel, the Mistress, of the Port of Galilee Point Judith began taking on water while fishing near the Block Island Wind Farm. The captain and owner, Oscar Diaz issued a Mayday call at 1:30 a.m.

According to the latest report, the watchstanders of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England issued an urgent marine information broadcast to vessels in the area to request assistance for the crew of the Mistress.

The fishing boat Captain Bligh, also out of Point Judith, responded and rescued one crew member from a life boat.

Two crew members remained missing after Coast Guard search teams were launched overnight and throughout the day. Crews from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York searched a 375 square nautical mile area. Initial efforts were hampered by poor weather conditions and low visibility.

Social media revealed family and friends holding out hope for return of the captain and owner of the Mistress, Oscar Diaz and his nephew John Ansay.

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