STONINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --Fishing in the Deer Isle-Stonington area is more than a job, it's a way of life. The community there is rallying together in support after two of it's own were lost at Sea off the coast of Massachusetts Saturday.
The scalloper boat called the Foxy Lady II left Gloucester, where it was home based Saturday and failed to return that night. It's two member crew were 26-year-old captain, Wally Gray Jr., and his 50-year-old crewman, Wayne Young. Both men from Deer Isle. The search for the two men ended Wednesday evening, a day after an empty life raft washed ashore in a marshy area of the Saugus River.
Fisherman Jeff Boyce worked beside Young for several years and attended his vigil earlier this week. Boyce remembers his friend as a hard worker who never argued. "He was a good stern man. One of the best I've had," says Boyce about his former crewman. "He's someone we'll never forget."
Several anonymous community members of Deer Isle-Stonington have established a fund to help the families of Young and Gray who were effected by the disappearance of the Foxy Lady II. Those who wish to show their support may send donations to: Fishermen's Fund, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, 25 Church Street, Deer Isle, ME 04627