LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. (WPRI) — It’s been five days since a fisherman went missing off the coast of Little Compton, and his family is determined to do whatever it takes to find him.
About 70 people, mostly volunteers, set out Monday to search for Adam Perry, Sr. He was fishing with two friends Thursday when their boat capsized off Sakonnet Point.
“He’s just loved by so many people, so we have to find him,” said his wife, Kim Doyle.
Search teams found one of the men clinging to the rocks of a lighthouse and the other hanging on to a lobster pot buoy – but there was no trace of Perry.
“My pops loved fishing, loved the water. Anytime he could put a pole in the water, he did it,” said Adam Perry, Jr.
The Coast Guard, police, and firefighters suspended their search on Friday, so Perry’s family recruited a volunteer organization that’s been scouring the area since Saturday.
“These guys work day and night, without sleep, probably missing their families also, just so they could help us to bring closure to us,” said Perry’s son, John.
The family said people have donated more than $9,000 to help cover the cost of the search.
Monday was the first organized ground search for Perry. His family said they have a helicopter searching, and that they’ll leave no stone unturned until they find him.