May 31, 1958
Veteran Fisherman Drowns Off Georges
Matthew Tamarindo, 45, of
Gloucester, was drowned on Thursday afternoon on southwest Georges Bank. Evidently
he went over the stern of the Boston dragger Manuel F. Roderick.
For four hours they tried to revive him aided by radio telephone directions from a doctor
ashore. Capt. Gandolf of Medford, set the vessel's course for
Gloucester. The dragger docked at 10 a. m. yesterday. Dr. John J. Egan,
medical examiner, viewed the body and pronounced death due to accidental drowning.
The Roderick, former
Gloucester dragger, left Boston Monday. She had between 20,000 and 25,000 pounds of
fish aboard when in hauling back the skipper saw that the net was rim-racked. He
decided to try another spot where the bottom might be less rough. They were on the
way when, according to Charles A. Piscitello of Gloucester, Tamarindo
was last seen, talking with Engineer Frank Attisi of Everett on the port
side of the pilot house. Piscitello was the only other Gloucester
man aboard. Attisi then went below to check the engine.
No one say Tamarindo after
that until his body was discovered. There was a stiff breeze blowing and the seas
were choppy, says Piscitello. Attisi came on deck
again shortly afterward, and failing to see Tamarindo astern went looking
for him. He raised the alarm.
Piscitello and Ralph
Sylvestro of Boston climbed into the rigging. Piscitello
spotted the body about a quarter mile to port. As they approached Sylvestro
dove overboard and swam toward Tamarindo. Piscitello
and Nick Fi___ of Everett launched the lifeboat, however the dragger
reached Tamarindo first.
Tamarindo had been aboard the
Roderick for the past four or five years. He was born in
Detroit, Mich., and had been fishing since he was six years old. He leaves his wife,
Doris Souza Tamarindo, and a daughter; a brother and step-brother and