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Leonardo New Bedford

Vessel Details


The scalloper Leonardo capsized and sank in a storm, about 24 miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The Coast Guard responded to a distress signal sent at 3:18 p.m. with the cutters Cobia and Escanaba, as well as a Jayhawk helicopter.

They found crew member Ernie Garcia in a lifeboat and took him to a hospital. He reported that a rogue wave had struck the boat before the crew was able to don life vests.

The Leonardo was located two weeks later by an ROV robot. It was sitting upright 140 feet down, near where it was reported missing.

The bodies of the other three crew members have not been found.

Name Age
Gerald Bretal 51
Xavier Vega 29
Mark Cormier Jr. 35

  • Trade Indicator: fishery
  • Hull Material: steel
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Ship Builder:
  • Owner: Mary Lou Fishing Corp., Acushnet Luis Martins
  • Previous Owners: Sky Clam LLC Eaglet Fishing Inc. Robert A. Brewster Donald L. Myers
  • Service: Commercial fishing
  • Doc. Issuance Date: 1/27/2017
  • Doc. Expiration Date: 2/28/2018
  • USCG Doc. No.: 512455
  • IMO Number:
  • Call Sign: WDB3746
  • Hull Number:
  • Length (ft): 56.6'/17.3 meters
  • Hull Depth (ft): 8.1'/2.5 meters
  • Hull Breadth (ft): 16.6'/5.1 meters
  • Gross Tonnage: 50
  • Net Tonnage: 40