NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A fisherman who fell off a New Bedford-based fishing vessel earlier this week is presumed dead.
Thomas Quintin, Jr., 55, of New Bedford, was last seen around 4 p.m. Monday about two dozen miles off the coast of Long Island. The Coast Guard reportedly searched more than 4,200 square miles south of Montauk, New York, over the course of 28 hours.
Quintin’s daughter, Kaylen, said she received a call Monday night that she’s feared her whole life.
“They told me it was the Coast Guard and I thought, ‘oh, that’s kind of weird,'” she recalled. “Then it started to hit me and they said, ‘your father’s been reported overboard.'”
Quintin left from New Bedford on June 28 as part of the crew of the “Miss Shauna.” He was five days into a 10-day fishing trip when he went overboard, which didn’t make sense to Kaylen.
“He was so concerned about bringing himself and his crew home safely because he was such a family man,” she said. “He loved fishing and he loved being a good captain but more than that, being a dad was his greatest accomplishment.”
Kaylen said her father was a Christian man, often serving on mission trips to help the less fortunate. His faith now gives his family strength in his absence.
“I know that he is where he wanted to be,” said Kaylen. “He always talked about, ‘I can’t wait to go to Heaven, meet Jesus.”
Both of Quintin’s grandfathers worked as fishermen and were lost at sea, but that didn’t stop him from following in their footsteps.
It was a reality Quntin always wondered if he wound face with a dangerous career, but Kaylen said she made him a promise to ease his nerves that she intends to keep.
“I was like ‘dad, if anything ever happens to you I will take care of everything. You don’t have to worry about that,'” she said. “That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to honor him and take care of everything.”
The Coast Guard continues to investigate the incident. The trip was Quintin’s first on that particular vessel, according to Kaylen, so she wonders if that played a role in his disappearance.