Tag Archives: Michael Roberts

PFD’s: Fishing is a deadly business, but many fishermen won’t wear life preservers

One rogue wave or false step, an ankle caught in a line, is all it takes to cast a fisherman overboard. But those risks have never been enough to convince Rick Beal that it’s worth wearing a life preserver. Even though he has never learned how to swim. Commercial fishing ranks among the most dangerous professions, but fishermen — fiercely independent and resistant to regulations — have long shunned life preservers, often dismissing the flotation devices as inconvenient and constraining. click here to read the story 14:46 

F/V Misty Blue: Bodies of missing fishermen found and recovered

The bodies of the two missing fisherman from the Misty Blue have been found by state police divers, a department spokesman announced this evening. “Our divers recovered two bodies from the sunken vessel Misty Blue today. The first recovery was at 10:30 a.m., the second at 4:20 p.m. We offer our deepest condolences to their families. I have no further information to relay,” said spokesman Dave Procopio. The search for the missing men was called off Dec. 5. That same night state police announced they had found the sunken boat. click here to read the story. 18:51

State Police Divers Search for F/V Misty Blue Fishermen

State police divers are searching the waters off Nantucket for two fishermen who were aboard the vessel Misty Blue when it sank Dec 4, a spokesman said. Lt. Tom Ryan a Massachusetts State Police spokesman, confirmed today that divers are searching for the two missing fishermen. He did not have any other details. Mondays dive followed the postponement of at least five State Police dives because of weather conditions. click here to read the story 14:53

New Bedford again grieves for its sons lost to the sea

The loss of two fishermen in the sinking of a clamming boat this week stunned this port city long familiar with the dangers of the sea. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell called the Misty Blue tragedy “a stark reminder of the dangers inherent in commercial fishing,” adding that it “underscores the respect and appreciation we have for those who make their living at sea.” He said the city pledges its support for the families of the lost crew members of the Misty Blue — Jonathan Saraiva and Michael Roberts. click here to read the story 11:38

Lawsuit alleges sunken fishing boat was ‘unseaworthy’

A lawsuit filed less than a month ago alleges the now-sunken fishing vessel “Misty Blue” was unseaworthy. The Coast Guard suspended the search for the missing crew members Michael Roberts, 44, and Jonathan Saraiva, 32, Tuesday night after the vessel sank about 10 miles off the coast of Nantucket Monday night. According to court documents, the $1.5 million civil lawsuit was brought by a Fairhaven fisherman who claims that he was seriously injured in September due to the captain and crew’s negligence and the “unseaworthiness” of the Misty Blue. click here to read the story 08:52

F/V Misty Blue – Search continues for missing fishermen; names released

The Coast Guard and Massachusetts State Police divers are continuing to search today for two missing crew members from the Misty Blue, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson. Michael Roberts, 44, and Jonathan Saraiva, 32, went missing after the Misty Blue rolled over and sank at around 6:30 p.m. Monday, 10 miles off of Nantucket, according to Atlantic Capes Fisheries Inc., which owns the surf clam harvesting vessel. Four members occupied the vessel when the incident happened. Two men, Misty Blue’s Captain Eric Arabian, 44, and a crew member, Colby McMullen 22, were rescued by the fishing vessel Enterprise. click here to read the story 12:35

Wife of missing boater says he was in galleyclick here to read the story