PROVINCETOWN, Jan 19, 2013 (Cape Cod Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Coast Guard Station Provincetown officers said "thank you" Friday to lobster boat Capt. Beau Gribbin and his crew for their "swift, unselfish and courageous" help when the Twin Lights fishing boat capsized and sank Nov. 18.
The Twin Lights, which docked in Provincetown, is believed to have become snagged on another boat's fishing gear at about 11:30 a.m. two miles north of Race Point Light.
As Capt. Jean Frottier, 69, of Wellfleet attempted to untangle his equipment, the 40-foot boat capsized and then went down, according to accounts from local fishermen at the scene.
Crew member Eric Rego was pulled to safety on board the Glutton by Gribbin and his crew, who had been fishing nearby. Frottier could not be rescued. His body has not yet been found, according to the Coast Guard.
In the days after the sinking, as the Coast Guard and state police divers searched for the Twin Lights and used a deepwater robot to study the vessel's exterior, the Glutton crew always offered a helping hand, Coast Guard Station Provincetown Chief John Harker said Friday at MacMillan Pier.
In the midday sun and bitter cold, a dozen Coast Guard officers stood on the pier next to the Glutton with Gribbin and two of his crew members, Chris Milewski of Wellfleet and Tim Klekotka of Truro. Billy Souza of Provincetown, who was not there, was also part of the crew, Gribbin said.
Harker handed Gribbin a plaque with a Coast Guard "challenge coin," which is a medallion traditionally carried in the pocket of a member of the military to use as proof of allegiance in a war. The coins are also used to recognize heroic deeds or enhance morale.
"Thank you, Beau," Harker said. "We appreciate it."
"He's done so much for our family," Laurie Frottier, Jean's wife, said within a few seconds of Gribbin receiving the plaque. She stepped forward and hugged him.
"I'm overwhelmed," Gribbin said. A few minutes later, he added: "We were hoping for a different outcome."
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