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December 18, 2012

Update: Emergency pod, fishing equipment for Foxy Lady II found

A rescue pod, marked Foxy Lady II on the side, was discovered in a Saugus marsh Tuesday evening shortly before 5, around the same time the U.S. Coast Guard was calling off the night’s search for the missing Gloucester-based scalloper and its two crew.
Emergency responders recovered the hard-shelled lifeboat, which Saugus police believe may be tied to the Foxy Lady II after receiving a call from a resident about a vessel in a waterway of the Saugus River, according to Saugus Lt. Ronald Giorgetti.
The Foxy Lady II, manned by Capt. Wally “Chubby” Gray Jr., 26, and Wayne Young, 50, both of Deer Isle, Maine, had set out for a day trip of fishing on Stellwagen Bank early Saturday morning and was to return Saturday evening. The captain’s girlfriend reported the vessel overdue to the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday morning.
Giorgetti said Saugus emergency responders found nothing else that might be related to the Foxy Lady II, but that the U.S. Coast Guard was following up Tuesday night. The U.S. Coast Guard had suspended the third day of searching Massachusetts Bay for the 45-foot scalloper around the same time, but renewed the search after the pod’s discovery. Giorgetti referred all further comment to the Coast Guard.
Reports said fishing equipment belonging to the Foxy Lady II was also found on the South Shore, on Nantasket Beach in Hull.

The Coast Guard said the search will continue Wednesday morning. Three U.S. Coast Guard cutters from Boston were engaged in the search Tuesday. The search efforts have covered more than 750 square miles; the Coast Guard said Wednesday’s search will concentrate on areas closer to the coast.

Weather conditions Tuesday on scene were 8 to 10 foot seas, 15 to 20 knot winds and less than one mile visibility. A small craft advisory, with the possibility of gale force winds, is in effect through Wednesday evening for the waters from Gloucester to Stellwagen Bank.

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