Three Drowned, 1 Missing in Boat Accident With PM-Holiday Rdp, Bjt
NEW BEDFORD, Mass (AP) _ The Coast Guard searched today for a 5-year-old boy missing from an overloaded boat that capsized in New Bedford Harbor, drowning his baby sister, their mother and another woman, officials said.
Fifteen people were thrown into the water Monday night as the 22-foot boat was returning from a Fourth of July fireworks display, said Coast Guard Petty Officer David Foley.
Survivors said the boat capsized when it apparently hit another boat’s wake while making its way through heavy fog, Foley said.
Eleven people were pulled safely from the water, he said.
The boat ″was definitely overloaded,″ said Foley.
Coast Guard vessels and private craft rescued the survivors. ″The fog was the main problem,″ Foley said. ″There was no visibility. It was really socked in.″
Divers found the body of a 1-year-old girl under the bow of the boat and the bodies of her mother and another woman under the stern.
Louise Hathaway, night supervisor at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, identified the victims as Jean Fauteaux, 50; Maria Carvalho, 27; and her daughter, Melissa, 15 months, all of North Dartmouth.
She said Melissa’s 5-year-old brother, Kenneth Carvalho, was missing.
Their sister, Amy Lynn Carvalho, 8, and Allan Viera Jr., 1, of New Bedford were admitted to the hospital. Asked their conditions, Hathaway said, ″They’ll do fine.″
Seven people were treated at the hospital and released, she said.