May 19, 1975
Sea Search Ends for Three From Ship
The Coast Guard has suspended a search for
three men missing since Friday after a collision between a 484-foot Liberian freighter and
a fishing boat. Numerous Coast Guard apparatus and civilian craft combed the area of
the crash 63 miles southeast of Nantucket Island for more than two days.
Two of the crew rescued by the freighter
shortly after the collision were returned home safely. The body of another
crewmember, First Mate Edward P. Gleason* of New
Bedford, was found Saturday.
Surviving crewmen Bernard Moser,
a Canadian, and Francis Tripp. of Marion, spent Friday night on the Coast
Guard cutter Alert, which scoured the area for other missing
crewmen along with other rescue apparatus.
In an interview Sunday Tripp
said "I still haven't got my wits back together yet. I feel thankful for me but
sorry for the families of the men that didn't come back. I've had quite a
The 72-foot fishing vessel Eugene
H., sailing out of New Bedford, and the Liberian bulk cargo carrier Grand
Justice, collided in the dense fog Friday. Officials listed crewmen
missing as Capt. Larf Larsen, New Bedford; Maynard McCarthey,
Fairhaven; and Ron J. Folley, New Bedford.
* Edward P. Gleason
was born in Rockport, MA. He had always been employed as a fisherman working on
fishing boats out of Gloucester for many years before going to New Bedford. He was
survived by his widow and four children, as well as three brothers in Gloucester, and four
sisters, three of whom lived in Gloucester.