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Wally Gray Sr. makes an emotional appeal at the 6/20/2013 NEFMC meeting

Listening to the webinar of the NEFMC meeting today during the VMS report, Wally Gray Sr. was invited to make a public comment at the end of the presentation.

He lost his son, Captain Wally Gray Jr, F/V Foxy Lady II and deck hand Wayne Young. The vessel was last pinged on 12/15/2012 about 15 miles north of Provincetown Saturday evening, when its vessel monitoring system (VMS) transmitter automatically sent out the boat’s location. The vessel was reported missing 12/17/2012.

What he said made a lot of sense, and it is something that can be implemented right now. Use the VMS as a tool for safety.

He pointed out that VMS is used for enforcement issues in real-time with penalty’s, and the VMS could have given S and R and at sea fishermen a chance to find these guys at the time.

There is no reason that this VMS should not be used today as a tool to save time in the life and death struggle of fishermen in trouble. Fisherynation.com

Fishing community gathers to mourn crew of Foxy Lady II

STONINGTON, Maine — As snow fell outside, tears were falling inside the Island Community Center on Sunday as the tight-knit fishing community of Stonington-Deer Isle gathered to remember two local fishermen lost at sea in December.

Arriving in the snow long before the 2 p.m. memorial service began, Joyce Gray, a grandmother of Wallace “Chubby” Gray II, the young captain of The Foxy Lady II, chose her steps carefully as she made her way down a slippery hill to the community center’s front door. She clutched husband Maynard’s arm with one hand to keep both from falling. In her other hand she clutched a pink box of tissues. Read more


Coast Guard suspends search, Marine Board begins investigation – Vigil for lost scallopers planned for Sunday at Fishermen’s Memorial

manatthewheelGLOUCESTER — While the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a vessel that went missing earlier this week, the Guard’s Marine Board of Investigations will now be conducting an investigation in an effort to find out what happened to that vessel, the Foxy Lady II and its crew. Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil is being planned for the crew of the Foxy Lady II in Gloucester, and is scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard.

Angela Sanfillipo, president of the wives association, said the crew members were well known in town. “Just because they don’t live in Gloucester, that doesn’t mean they’re not our fishermen,” she said.  Read More

Breaking: Coast Guard calls off search for Foxy Lady II crew

manatthewheel  Sucks   Read More

Scallopers presumed lost at sea



Update: Coast Guard carrying on search for scalloper

The U.S. Coast Guard continued an air and sea search along the inshore waters of Massachusetts Bay today for two scallop fishermen whose boat the Foxy Lady II has been unaccounted for since mid-day Saturday.

The vessel’s orange rescue pod, resembling an astronaut’s recovery capsule, was found in a Saugus marsh at dark Tuesday, but the family of the captain, Wally “Chubby” Gray Jr., 26 of Deer Isle, Maine, continued to hold out hope today that Gray and his mate on the trip, Wayne Young, 50, also of Deer Isle, will be found alive perhaps with wreckage or at the 45-foot boat, said Jolena Rogers of Gloucester.

Rogers, Capt. Gray’s first cousin, said the Foxy Lady II had “other life saving equipment.”

“We’re trying to stay hopeful,” Rogers said, “but finding the pod … you know …”  Read More (if you can)

 U.S. Coast Guard/Courtesy photo.


Equipment from Foxy Lady II found in Saugus, Hull

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 crew of two. 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. Read More

Foxy Lady II Gloucester – Overdue

Photo. Paul Frontiero

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for two fishermen after they were reported overdue Monday, at approximately 8 a.m. Missing is the 50-year-old captain and 25-year-old crewman aboard the 45-foot fishing vessel Foxy Lady II, homeported in Gloucester. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston were notified at 8:05 a.m. Monday by the captain’s girlfriend reporting that the fishing vessel had not returned as planned Saturday night, and the last time she had spoken with him Saturday between 6 a.m. and 12 a.m. via text messages. The Foxy Lady II crew had departed Saturday morning. The last known location of the Foxy Lady II is approximately 15 miles north of Provincetown, Mass.  Searching are crewmembers from: Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass. (MH-60J rescue helicopter) Coast Guard Station Point Allerton Coast Guard Station Gloucester Coast Guard Station Boston Coast Guard Station Provincetown Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Anyone with information is requested to call Coast Guard Sector Boston at 617-223-3201 or via radio on VHF channel 16. As America’s maritime responder, the Coast Guard is the search and rescue mission coordinator for overdue boater cases, collaborating with federal, state and local partners. In an average year, the Coast Guard responds to more than 100 overdue cases in the Northeast.