Remember when scalloping was a sport of gentlemen ..........a breezy easy sunday .....wine ....song .....food .....sandwiches ........women gently lazing on the boat ...having fun ...talking shop ......fresh seafood ..........the banter .....the songs about scalloping ,,,,,,,the good old days ...........the boat ......the ocean .......good times of scalloping .........some people say its a busines fraught with drugs....... and alchohol .....seamen drinking ......no !!!!!!i simply cannot imagine ......this seamen having addiciton troubles no ...its seems quaint enough ........
Crewman brutally attacks workers on scalloping boat, killing one of them, feds say
Days into a scalloping trip aboard an 85-foot boat, a crewman brutally attacked half his coworkers and stabbed one to death with a long fishing knife while off the coast of Massachusetts, federal prosecutors say.
Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 31, a Mexican national who had been living in Virginia, is going to prison after using the knife and a large hammer during the “unprovoked” attack that took place near Nantucket on Sept. 23, 2018, according to a news release.
“We have a man gone crazy here on the boat....,” the ship’s captain, Jose Araiza, said during a distress call made to the Coast Guard, court documents show. “We have one man I can’t wake. I don’t know if he’s dead or what. But one of the crew members went crazy. He started hitting people in the head with a hammer.”
Vazquez was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Aug. 11 after previously pleading guilty to second-degree murder, attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon, according to the release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Massachusetts. He will face deportation proceedings after serving his sentence.
The chaos aboard the The Captain Billy Haver ship ensued after the vessel left a port from Seaford, Virginia/, on Sept. 18 and sailed north for a scalloping trip with seven men, including Vazquez, all of whom “got along” with each other, court documents state. The trip was supposed to last roughly two weeks.
The morning of Sept. 23, the crewman tried to quit but the captain sent him back to bed, with another crewmate describing Vazquez as being “dopesick” after a few days of using prescription and over-the-counter painkillers, according to prosecutors.
However, Vazquez later rejoined the work and was shucking scallops with a few of his crewmates when he took a drag of one of his coworker’s cigarettes, according to court documents.
Then, “out of nowhere,” Vazquez picked up a hammer and smashed this coworker on the head before using a long fishing knife to repeatedly stab another nearby crewmate, a sentencing memorandum states.