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The Perfect Storm: The Story of the Andrea Gail

June 3, 2008

The search for the Andrea Gail

The search for the Andrea Gail continued today, six days after the Gloucester fishing vessel was reported overdue from a trip to the Grand Banks off Canada.

Rain and fog temporarily forced the Coast Guard to suspend its air search last night, according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Brannan. But by this morning, six aircraft and one cutter were again looking for the 70-foot swordfish boat.

The Andrea Gail was carrying a six-man crew. The fishermen were David Sullivan and Robert Shatford of Gloucester, William Tyne, Dale Murphy and Michael Moran of Bradenton Beach, Fla., and Alfred Pierre of New York City.

Tyne, a Gloucester native, had moved to Florida and recruited the other crew members, said Robert Brown, the owner of the Andrea Gail. Brown provided the Times with the names of the crew members this morning.

"I hope they continue searching for a couple more days," said Brown.

The Andrea Gail left Gloucester on Sept. 20 for a swordfish trip to the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. The vessel was fishing with a sister vessel, the Hannah Boden, both of which are owned by Brown, who lives on Bray Street.

Brown said yesterday that the Andrea Gail began heading back to Gloucester while the Hannah Boden stayed on the fishing grounds.

Late at night on Monday, Oct. 28, the Andrea Gail was reported to be encountering 30-foot seas and 50- to 80-knot winds kicked up by the northeaster that pummeled the New England coast. The boat was 180 miles east-northeast of Canada's Sable Island at the time.

The report came from the New Bedford fishing vessel Mary T., which notified the Canadian Coast Guard in Halifax that it had been in radio contact with the Andrea Gail.

On Wednesday evening, after failing to hail the Andrea Gail, Brown notified the Coast Guard in Boston.

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The Perfect Storm: The Story of the Andrea Gail