Sunday, July 02, 2006
The bodies of two scallop fishermen were recovered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey. Tommy Lantman, 39, and his nephew, Mike Lantman, 16, disappeared when their boat, the Alex Mac, collided with a tugboat Thursday and capsized six nautical miles from Manasquan, the Coast Guard reported. State police divers found their bodies.Two other members of the Alex Mac`s crew, Michael Vanderpol and Merle Robert, were rescued by a motor vessel, the Gambler, which reported the sinking. They said the Lantmans were in the cabin at the time of the collision. The crew of the tugboat Joan Reinaur reported hearing a shudder and said they were turning around to investigate. The scalloper was later located 70 feet below the surface on the ocean floor. A Coast Guard helicopter and spotter plane joined the search along with two vessels from Manasquan.