Search for Missing Berkley Man in Saturday Boat Crash Continues
FALL RIVER — The search for a missing Berkley man continues after a fatal boating accident over the weekend in Mount Hope Bay.
The Fall River Harbormaster says search crews will continue efforts this morning to locate 35-year-old Marc Hanoud, who was thrown from his boat late-Saturday afternoon along with 42-year-old Brent Osborne, of Middleboro. Osborne was found by boaters after the Saturday crash and was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Harbormaster says search efforts continued just after 6:00 a.m. Saturday and finished about 8:30 p.m.
“The response from outside agencies has been overwhelming and we can't thank them enough. These people are going way above and beyond their jobs to provide closure to the family of the missing victim,” The Harbormaster said.
Numerous boats were added to the search effort by Fall River Harbor Patrol, Tiverton Harbormaster, Bristol Fire Department, and Massachusetts State police, who also brought divers and their air wing unit (helicopter). Many private volunteers with sonar technology are also said to have joined the search.
The Harbormaster says the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) contributed even more divers and equipment. The Facebook post thanked their efforts as well.
“Last but not least we had the fantastic services of the SEMLEC dive team. SEMLEC is an incredible group of police officers that provide specialized manpower to any community that needs help. These guys showed up with with a dive boat, about 7 divers, and a trailer full of dive gear and underwater cameras. The SEMLEC guys sent divers down every time one of the sonar boats got a "hit" on the sonar. There were times when they would have 4 divers in the water at once, all communicating with each other. They also had a crew operating an underwater camera from the F.R. Harbor Patrol boat. They did grid searches all day,” said the Harbormaster.
“We can't thank SEMLEC enough because without them we could not have checked out anything below the surface.”
Crews began searching again at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.