FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a body found Sunday on West Island is believed to be a fisherman who went overboard earlier this month.
The fisherman, who has not yet been identified, was the subject of an extensive search off the coast of New Bedford on July 1 and 2.
The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Susan Rose said they noticed one person wasn’t on board around 1:30 a.m. that Friday, according to the Coast Guard.
The 77-foot vessel based out of Point Judith arrived in New Bedford later that morning with the Coast Guard in tow.
The search, which the Coast Guard said covered more than 1,000 square nautical miles, was called off the following day.
Massachusetts State Police and the state medical examiner’s officer are investigating.