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Missing Boat “Lady of Grace” Found in Nantucket Sound, All Four Crew Members are Still Missing

The Coast Guard discovered the missing fishing boat, The 75-foot Lady of Grace, submerged in 36 feet of water in Nantucket Sound. All four crew members, Antonio Barroqueiro, Rogerio Vendura, Mario Farinha, and Joao Silva, are still missing. Due to the frigid water temperatures, it is highly unlikely that there will be any survivors. It was reported from Coast Guard aircraft that debris was floating in the water about 2 miles from the boats last known location.

Coast Guard rescuers said it appeared unlikely the crew would be found alive in the frigid waters, but they would continue the search. The vessel’s lone life raft was found attached to the boat.

The 75-foot Lady of Grace was last heard from Friday night and was supposed to return to New Bedford Harbor early Saturday.

The boat’s last known position was 12 miles south of Hyannis, which is 60 miles southeast of Boston. At the time the boat went missing, the wind was blowing at about 30 to 35 mph with 8 to 10 foot waves.

It appears that there have been previous issues with this fishing vessel in the recent past.

Earlier this month, the Coast Guard had to tow the Lady of Grace after the crew radioed for help, saying they were without power and drifting. (AP)

Rescuers finds missing fishing boat submerged, lifeboat attached

The Lady of Grace’s one life raft was found still in its case and attached to the boat.

The 75-foot dragger was last heard from Friday night. It was supposed to return to New Bedford Harbor at 5 a.m. Saturday after the Coast Guard warned of rough weather, cutting a planned eight-day trip in half.

The crew from another fishing vessel communicated with Lady of Grace by e-mail until 10 p.m. Friday, then contacted the Coast Guard when the other boat failed to reply to the last e-mail.

Coast Guard officials concentrated their search on the area where the boat’s transponder was last heard, about 11 miles north of Nantucket. (WHDH)

UPDATE I: 1 Body Found in Sunken Boat; Search Ends

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Divers found the body of a crewman on a sunken fishing boat in Nantucket Sound on Wednesday, and the search for two more men ended because debris in the wreck makes more dives too hazardous.

State police said the divers searched the entire vessel Wednesday except the engine room, which was blocked by debris. The unidentified body was found in a bunk room.

January 28th, 2007 at 08:57pm Posted by | Missing, Missing Adult, Search and Rescue | no comments

Sexual Assault of Teenager Aboard the P&O cruise ship, Pacific Star

Another incident has happened aboard a cruise ship. This time there is a reported rape of a teenager aboard the P&O cruise ship, Pacific Star.

A teenage girl has told police she was raped aboard the P&O cruise ship, Pacific Star after a party on board the ship on Wednesday night. The company says it is fully cooperating with an investigation, but the family of another victim is demanding action to stop it happening again. It has been 4 years since Dianne Brimble’s body was found, lying on a cabin floor of the Pacific Sky and since then, her ex-husband Mark has been fighting for justice and to make cruise ships safe.

These types of incidents just seem to continue over and over. Yes, cruise ships are like floating cities; however, one does not expect to pay for a vacation and be surrounded by a criminal element that would harm, rape or rob them.

Now, a teenage girl has claimed she was raped by an older man, while two of his mates watched after a night of partying and drinking. The young victim tried to jump overboard after the alleged attack. Mr Brimble said: “Incidents like this can and will continue to happen on cruise liners as they continue to sail around the world.” (Yahoo News)

A TEENAGE girl has alleged she was raped onboard a P&O cruise ship, sparking a major police investigation

Six detectives boarded the Pacific Star as it cruised along the Queensland coast on Friday after the girl, 16, claimed she was assaulted in a cabin in front of two other men. Plainclothes officers took a New South Wales man, 23, off the ship in handcuffs when it docked in Brisbane yesterday and charged him with possession of a dangerous drug, believed to be ecstasy. Police would not comment on whether the man was linked to the sex assault allegations. “Police can confirm they have investigated allegations of a sexual assault of a teenage girl on board a P&O Cruise vessel,” a spokesman said. (Adelaide Now)

UPDATE: Cruise rape claim: Queensland police won’t lay charges

Police will lay no charges over an alleged rape of a teenager on P&O’s Pacific Star. “The matter has been thoroughly investigated by detectives and there is no evidence to substantiate any charges being laid in relation to the sexual assault allegation,” a spokesman for Queensland police said. “If further information came up it would be investigated.” (The West Australian)

January 28th, 2007 at 03:17pm Posted by | Cruise ship, Exploited, Rape, sexual assault | 4 comments

Former Miss Brazil Taiza Thomsen, 24, Missing … Could it be Human Trafficking (Update: Found Safe)

Taiza Thomsen, 24, represented Brazil at the 2003 Miss Universe pageant in Panama. She has been missing according to her family and the police are not ruling out human trafficking.

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Police said Saturday they weren’t discarding the possibility that human trafficking played a role in the disappearance of a former Miss Brazil who hasn’t contacted her family since September.

Taiza Thomsen, 24, represented Brazil at the 2003 Miss Universe pageant in Panama. The last time she spoke to her parents, she said she was in London.

“At this moment we can’t rule out anything, not even the possibility she was a victim of human trafficking,” police investigator Marcos David Salem told Brazilian TV.

The family thinks that Taiza was being threatened.

Thomsen’s family has said that in some of their conversations before she went missing, she left them with the feeling that she was being threatened. The family did not elaborate.

However, her friends think something else may have occurred.

According to some of her friends, Thomsen had worked briefly in Belgium and there was a possibility she was still there, media reported.

A friend said Saturday that she talked to Thomsen over the phone about three months ago, Brazil’s RBS TV reported. (Washington Post)

UPDATE I: Missing Miss Brazil found in UK

It appears that all the worry over missing 24 year old, ex- Miss Brazile Taiza Thomsen, was for nothing.

Taiza Thomsen, 24, contacted police in London after a global investigation was launched to locate her.

She said she did not want to be bothered by anyone, even her parents, who last spoke to her in September

But the former beauty queen told police she was “doing well in London and that she didn’t want to be found, not even by her parents.”

Investigators said it didn’t appear that she was being pressured or coerced by anybody and that the case would now be closed. (The Sun)

January 28th, 2007 at 12:30am Posted by | Found Alive, Missing, Missing Adult, Pictures | no comments

Remains Found May be Missing 23 year old Artdrunetta Hobbs

23 year old Artdrunetta Hobbs has been missing for five months. Today searchers found a skull along Melvin Drive, where the family had received a tip that Hobbs last known location was Melvin Drive Park.

Hobbs’ family began to search for the missing student Saturday morning after they received a tip that Hobbs was last seen at Melvin Drive Park.

More than 250 volunteers combed the wooded area along Melvin Drive and discovered a skull and other remains about 10:45 a.m. Saturday, just two miles from where police found Hobbs’ torched car.

“In addition, there are a number of other things the teams found. We did find, one of our other teams, did find a shotgun. We found some clothing. We found some other things that need to be checked out,” said Michael Langford of the United Youth Adult Conference. (11 Alive)

January 28th, 2007 at 12:10am Posted by | Found Deceased, Missing, Missing College Student | no comments