Narragansett, RI – The United States Coast Guard officially suspended the search for two missing Port of Galilee, Point Judith fishermen on Wednesday.
Response and rescue crews from multiple stations searched for approximately 72 hours covering 2,152 square nautical miles, before suspending rescue and recovery efforts.
The two missing men, Captain and owner Oscar Diaz of South Kingstown, and his nephew, John Ansay were lost when the fishing vessel (F/V), the Mistress capsized and sunk in the waters of Block Island Sound in the early morning hours New Year’s Day. The men were fishing near the Block Island Wind Farm when the Mistress began taking on water. The captain issued a Mayday call at approximately 1:30 a.m.
The F/V Captain Bligh was the first boat to arrive on the scene and its crew were able to rescue a lone fishermen of the Mistress, the captain’s son. The crew of the Captain Bligh remained in the area overnight and late into the day on Monday assisting in the search for the two missing fishermen.
The Coast Guard reported that the search included the following crews:
- Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel
- Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead
- Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba
- Coast Guard Cutter Albacore
- Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews
- 45-foot response boat crews from Station Point Judith
- 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews from Station Menemsha
The search was suspended at approximately 5:13 p.m.