My first introduction to Captain Tommy was quite an unusual one on August 6, 2011. On this day, Captain Tommy responded to a mayday call from a sinking recreational fishing vessel, the Cynthia Z, that was 10 miles off Martha’s Vineyard in 108 ft of water. He rescued three men that day, including myself and two friends, from an uncertain future. We captured the rescue on video, which received some notoriety in the news for his good deed. This experience brought us together in an unexpected way and we would meet up periodically to have dinner and celebrate life. We learned that there was more to Captain Tommy than just fishing as he had been apart of several missionary trips to India for helping young girls who were victims of sex trafficking. During one of these dinners a few years back, we we’re disappointed to hear that the F/V Patience was out of service for a few months for repairs, which turned into years. In turn Captain Tommy was looked for work on other boats, but with hard times in the commercial fishing industry he had a difficult time finding a Captain's job. He eventually found work as a ship’s mate on different vessels.
On Monday July 3rd, Thomas Quintin Jr. was working on the F/V Miss Shauna off of Montauk, Long Island
when he mysteriously disappeared during a day shift. The Coast Guard and a fleet of private boats conducted a search, but it was called off after 2 days when no trace was not found. Captain Tommy did not seem to have a fear death and he had even recollected to us once what it would be like to meet Jesus in Heaven. He was going to be a distinguished guest and my wedding this fall, and many of friends and family we're looking forward to meeting him.
While Captain Tommy rests peacefully with his grandfathers at sea, his two children are trying to mourn his loss while picking up the pieces. There are a lot of extra legal issues and red tape to deal with since he was never found. Their parents divorced several years prior and their mother is not active in their lives. His daughter Kaylen recently finished college and his son Noah is finishing high school. We would appreciate any support that you can provide for this hard working American fishing family that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
- sheila bray
- Denise Lewis
- Kevin Perry
- Gerald Parent
- David Lima
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