A 55-year old Everett man, Minh Duc Voong, of Cross Street tragically died while on a fishing trip off Nahant last Thursday afternoon.
According to official reports of the incident, a kayaker reported seeing Voong’s boat drifting aimlessly, but still in gear at about 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 off the coast of Nahant. At about the same time, several callers to the Nahant police also reported seeing what appeared to be an unmanned vessel off the coast.
The U.S Coast Guard dispatched a rescue vessel from Point Allerton and a helicopter from the air base on Cape Cod, while locally the State Police, Nahant Police and Fire department also rallied a rescue effort.
Voong was brought to shore a short time later and taken immediately to Union Hospital in Lynn, where he was later pronounced dead.
Steve O’Connell, a spokesperson from Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office, said the preliminary investigation shows no signs of foul play, but an autopsy will be conducted to learn the cause of death.
Nahant Police Lieutenant Thomas Hutton indicated that all involved had done everything they could to help Voong, it just was not enough.
“Everyone did their best,” said Lt. Hutton. “We had police, fire, state police and coast guard, everything went perfect, except the outcome. It was sad.”