By Andrea Holbrook
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.
The Foxy Lady II’s EPIRB — or emergency position-indicating radio beacon, which is designed to begin transmitting when it hits the water — has not been transmitting, which Search and Rescue considers a reason for optimism, the Coast Guard said this morning.
The VMS — or vessel monitoring system — which periodically emits radio signals to the Coast Guard for search and rescue and regulatory oversight was last positioned 15 miles north of Provincetown Saturday night.
Gray was text messaging his girlfriend through noon Saturday, according to the Coast Guard. The weather was clear and windy around Cape Cod on Saturday, but degenerated into rain on Sunday and rain and heavy showers have spread across the region since then.
The Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association is setting up a fund for the families of the crew of the Foxy Lady II to help them during this difficult time. Donations may be sent to:
Fishing Vessel Foxy Lady II Fund
160 Main St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
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