Jonathan Beauvais drowned when the scalloper Lonely Hunter capsized after a collision. It was his first commercial fishing trip. His close friend Jose DaCosta Jr. also died in the accident.
On September 8, 2003, at about 1:40 a.m., the Lonely Hunter was struck by a much larger fishing boat, the Katrina Lee, about 28 miles east of Nantucket. The Lonely Hunter flipped, capsized, and sank in nearly 200 feet of water. The crew of the Katrina Lee pulled Captain John Weckesser to safety, but Jose Da Costa and Jonathan Beauvais were both lost at sea.
On November 17, 2003, the Sea Siren, a New Bedford fishing boat, pulled up debris from the Lonely Hunter, including Mr. DaCosta's remains.