Out of Gloucester


January 16, 1967

Fisherman Falls Off Boat and Drowns
Frank Militello, 54

A 54- year-old Gloucester fisherman died Saturday afternoon after falling into the ocean from the boat Serafina II in rough water about 32 miles off Eastern Point.

Frank P. Militello died despite the efforts of his shipmates and the United States Coast Guard to revive him.   Militello leaves seven children.  He was pronounced dead on arrival at Newell Stadium, where a Coast Guard helicopter landed him around 3 p.m. Saturday.

Medical Examiner Dr. John J. Egan attributed Militello's death to accidental drowning. Militello fell off the railing of the Serafina II around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Capt. Benjamin Chianciola said, "It was a combination of circumstances.  He was standing on the rail and it was a little rough.  He was in the water about 10 minutes."  After pulling Militello out of the water, the crew radioed the Coast Guard for help immediately.  Receiving instructions in mouth to mouth resuscitation via radio from a Coast Guardsman at Dolliver's Neck, a member of the crew failed to revive the father of seven.

The helicopter picked him up at about 2.30 and radioed to Gloucester to have an ambulance meet the machine at Newell Stadium.  Dr. Lloyd G. David and a nurse went to the football field.  The rescue squad of the Gloucester fire department was also there.

While the helicopter was in flight, Militello, who suffered from diabetes, received oxygen from a Coast Guardsman.

Militello was born in Buffalo, N.Y., son of Antonio and Crocifissia (LoGrande) Militello.  He is survived by his wife, Antoinette (Aiello) and seven children, six grandchildren; four brothers; two sisters.


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