Fisherman tangled in net, pulled overboard near Nantucket

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NANTUCKET, Mass. (WPRI) — After spending several hours searching, U.S. Coast Guard crews have found the body of a man off the coast of Nantucket.

The Coast Guard confirmed for Eyewitness News, crews found the fisherman’s body Monday around 1 p.m.

The search began around 9:15 p .m. after Coast Guard crews received a distress call.

A fisherman aboard the 42-foot fishing vessel, “No Regrets” became entangled in fishing nets as they were being deployed and was swept over the side. It happened about a quarter-mile west of Great Point Light, on the northeastern tip of Nantucket.

Coast Guard helicopter and lifeboat crews rushed out to the area to search for the man, along with support from the Nantucket and Chatham harbormasters, a dive team from Chatham Fire Department, and others.

“Our thoughts go out to the family of the victim and the entire fishing community who is affected by this tragedy,” said Cmdr. Marcus Gherardi, Chief of Response for Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Anytime we are not able to accomplish our goal of saving lives, we are deeply saddened as we also take it to heart.”

The “No Regrets” is home-ported in Oaks Bluff, Mass., which is on the northeastern tip of Martha’s Vineyard.

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