Tag Archives: F/V Lydia & Maya

Fisherman’s widow sought to have fishing vessel seized before it sank

US_District_Court_SealThe firm that owns a fishing vessel that sank early Wednesday miles off Mount Desert Island is being sued by the widow of a Westbrook man who died in 2013 after he fell overboard from the vessel during a fishing trip, according to federal court documents. Marcia J. Gorham of Westbrook filed suit against the firm that owns the vessel, Lydia & Maya Inc., in May 2015, according to information posted online in the document database. In the complaint, Gorham alleges that her husband, Martin J. Gorham, died as a result of “the carelessness, negligence and recklessness” of the owners of the Lydia & Maya fishing vessel, which she claims was unseaworthy at the time of her husband’s death off Cape Ann, Massachusetts, on Dec. 19, 2013. Martin Gorham’s mother, Barbara A. Foster, told the Boston Herald in December 2013 that her son had been working on the deck of the Lydia and Maya at around noon when he fell overboard in rough seas without a life jacket. Read the rest here 19:13

Coast Guard rescues 4 Fishermen off Maine coast

The Coast Guard rescued four fishermen Wednesday morning after the fishing vessel Lydia & Maya started taking on water about 40 miles south of Southwest Harbor, Maine. At about midnight, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders received a broken transmission from a crew member aboard the 71-foot vessel saying they were taking on water. Shortly after, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert was sounded, notifying watchstanders the crew was in the water. Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor launched a 47-foot boat crew, and Air Station Cape Cod launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew.  Using the EPIRB distress signal to locate the fishermen, the helicopter crew arrived on scene at about 2 a.m. to find four people in a life raft shooting off flares and using a signal light. The rescue swimmer was deployed, and all four fishermen were airlifted into the helicopter. The crew was suffering mild hypothermic conditions. They were taken to Bar Harbor airport to awaiting Emergency Medical Services. The condition of the fishing vessel is still under investigation.  Link 07:21

Maine Skipper arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (a machete)

lydia and mayaThe captain of a vessel at the Boston Fish Pier was arrested Sunday morning after another person reported being held at knifepoint. Massachusetts State Police arrested Stephen A. Thuotte, 54, of Porter, Maine, the Captain of the vessel Lydia & Maya. Thuotte was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (a machete). Police say the victim is a 46-year-old man from Brunswick, Maine. The victim refused medical treatment. Both suspect and victim were on the vessel together. Thuotte will be arraigned Monday at South Boston District Court. No additional information regarding the incident were released. Link 06:44

Coast Guard crews tow fishing boat from 100 miles off Boston, Editorializes owner responsibility.

100_1204The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Escanaba and Key Largo, and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Point Allerton, assisted four people Wednesday who were aboard a disabled fishing vessel 97 miles east of Boston. This is the in two months. “The Coast Guard should be the last resort for assisting disabled vessels that are not in distress,” said Lt. Samantha Leon, a watchstander at the First Coast Guard District’s command center. ”It is the responsibility of the owner of the disabled vessel to find a commercial salvage company that can assist them.” Having a preventative maintenance plan,,, Read the rest here 12:25

Mother grieves for Westbrook sailor who fell off fishing vessel

BDNBarbara A. Foster always dreaded the possibility the ocean could one day claim her son, and Friday she got the call she feared — 47-year-old Martin Gorham had been lost in the rough winter seas off Cape Ann. Read [email protected]  11:27

Coast Guard ends search for Westbrook fisherman Martin Gorham

The U.S. Coast Guard ended its search Friday for a Westbrook native who fell overboard Thursday from a Boston fishing boat about 32 miles southeast of Cape Ann, Mass. The fisherman was Martin Gorham of Westbrook, according to his mother, Barbara Foster of South Portland. Read more @portlandpress  09:22