Out of Gloucester


April 1, 1958

Diver Volunteers To Hunt Bodies

Firefighter Joseph N. Paynotta, a diver, joined the search this morning for missing brothers, Howard Lane, 31, of West Gloucester, and Edward Lane, 18, of Magnolia, believed to have drowned off the Essex River Sunday afternoon when their 16-foot outboard motor boat capsized.

Coast Guardsmen are continuing beach patrols in Ipswich and West Gloucester looking for the bodies.  No sign of the missing men had been found up to noon today.  Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Del Porto, group commander of the Coast Guard in charge of the search, said that with every change of tide, Merrimac River Lifeboat Station had a crew patrolling Crane's beach Ipswich and Dolliver's Neck Lifeboat Station Gloucester had a crew patrolling Coffin's Beach.

Dragging operations produced nothing yesterday.  Helicopter and surface boats were unable to learn more about the tragedy.  Paynotta volunteered his service to the Lane families.  Gloucester police are cooperating.  Paynotta was taken to the scene in the harbor police boat with Officer Raymond H. Freitas in command.  Also visiting the area were James Lane Jr., Chester S. Stone, Jr., George Lane, and Ronald Buvio, brother-in-law to Edward Lane.

Howard Lane is the son of James O. Lane and the latter's first wife, Louise Smith, now Mrs. Louise Hodge of Kittery, Me.  They had five other sons, James O., Jr., Philip. Herman, Arthur and Harry.  By his present wife, the former Carmella Firth, Lane has three sons, George, James R. and Edward, and a  daughter, Margaret, Mrs. Ronald Buvio.


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