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The U.S. Coast Guard called off the search for the scalloping boat Foxy Lady II and its crew of two at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, ending a three-day effort to find the vessel and ending the crew men's families' hopes their loved ones would return.

Jolena Rogers, first cousin of the captain, Wally "Chubby" Gray Jr., 26, said the families were informed in face-to-face meetings that Gray and his mate, Wayne Young, 50, were presumed "lost at sea."

The Foxy Lady II was homeported in Gloucester, though Gray and Young were from Deer Isle, Maine.

The Foxy Lady II had left Gloucester on Saturday for a day trip to Stellwagen Bank. Gray had text-messaged his girlfriend through the morning until around noon; she contacted the Coast Guard on Monday morning when the boat had not returned.

The Coast Guard said the vessel had not issued an SOS or any electronic emergency signals. The Coast Guard searched Massachusetts Bay Monday through the daylight hours Wednesday. Crews searched more than 2,800 square miles with no sign of the fishermen.

Read the full story at the Gloucester Daily Times>>

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