Coast Guard says 1 dead after attack on fishing boat

NANTUCKET, Mass. _ The Coast Guard says a fisherman on a Virginia-based fishing vessel has died after an altercation with another crewmember about 60 miles off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

A Boston-based spokesman says the Coast Guard received a call Sunday afternoon from the 83-foot Captain Billy Haver, reporting that a member of the crew had attacked several other fishermen with a hammer and a knife.

Authorities said Franklin Freddy Meave Vasquez, an illegal immigrant, attacked the crew and killed one person.

This is not Vasquez’s first run-in with the law, as he was arrested for attacking his wife earlier this year.

“He was highly controlling. He put a knife to her throat,” said Lindsay McDannold, Vasquez’s mother-in-law. “In March he assaulted her and strangled her and held her against her will. I think it’s a travesty.”

Vasquez was being held under ICE authorities until April when he was bailed out after a judge ruled in favor of his release, against the advice of immigration officials.

During this most recent attack, authorities said Vasquez tried climbing the mast of the ship to escape capture from the crew.

A German cruise ship, the Mein Schiff 6, responded to an emergency call and took two injured crewmembers aboard. The ship’s doctor pronounced one dead.

Meanwhile, McDannold believes the justice system failed.

“I think they need to do a better job at policing these people when they come in.

The Seaford, Virginia-based fishing trawler, the cruise ship and a Coast Guard cutter headed to Boston.

The Coast Guard placed a law enforcement team on board the fishing vessel.

A motive for the attack is not known.

This story contains information from the Associated Press.