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Capt. Carlos A. Lopes

of New Bedford, Massachusetts
Born in Portugal
Position: Captain
Age: 48

Mr. Lopes was the son of a fisherman and had spent most of his years at sea. He was survived by his wife, Maria; his sister, Maria Anastacio; his former wife, Maria Tremblay; daughters Michelle Eugenio and Monica Charbonneau; and his mother, Rosa Lopes.

Aboard the Fishing Vessel "Northern Edge" - Carlos A. Lopes died unexpectedly December 20, 2004 when the vessel he captained went down.  He was the husband of Maria C. (Reigota) Lopes of New BEdford.  He was the father of 2 daughters.  He was the brother of Maria Anastacio of New Bedford and Amantino Lopes of Stoughton, MA.  He was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lopes was the son of Rosa M. (Marcal) Lopes of New Bedford, and the late Amantino Lopes.  Lopes was the Captain of the fishing vessel "Northern Edge". He enjoyed grabbing his fishing pole and fishing off the pier.  He was a member of the Portuguese-American Club, and the Portuguese Club of Palm Coast,FL.



At 4:44 p.m. on December 20, 2004, the Coast Guard received an emergency beacon signal from the fishing vessel Northern Edge, followed by a mayday call reporting that the boat had overturned and was sinking. A few minutes later, the Diane Marie, fishing nearby, radioed the Coast Guard to report the sinking. The Diane Marie later rescued Pedro Furtado, a Northern Edge crew member who had escaped to the life raft. Coast Guard helicopters searched the area but had mechanical problems because of the extreme cold. Several Falcon jets joined the search, along with the Coast Guard cutters Escanaba and Tybee. The search ended on December 22 without finding the other five crew members: Captain Carlos Lopes, Glen Crowley, Raymond Richards, Juan Flores, and Eric Guillen.