Thomas Quintin began working in the fishing industry when he was seventeen years old. His father, two nephews, and his sister Tammie Frye have all fished. Both his grandfathers--Wilfred Quintin and Ronald Foley--were fishermen, and both were lost at sea. He had been the captain of the fishing vessel Patience for nearly thirty years, but she was out of service, and he signed on as a crew member on the Miss Shauna. This was his first time fishing on the boat.
Mr. Quintin graduated from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in 1979 and received a 200-ton masters license from Northeast Maritime Institute in 2015. In 2011, Captain Quintin responded to a mayday call from the Cynthia Z, a recreational fishing vessel, and rescued three men. He was a volunteer for the Working Waterfront Festival and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. A deeply religious man, he had made several missionary trips to India to help those less fortunate than he.
Mr. Quintin is survived by his mother, Jean, his daughter, Kaylen, and his son, Noah, as well as his sister Tammie Frye and brother Eric. A memorial service was held at the Seamen's Bethel on August 26, 2017.
On July 3, 2017, the fishing vessel Miss Shauna was 25 miles south of Montauk, Long Island, on the fifth day of a ten-day fishing trip when Thomas Quintin Jr. fell overboard some time after 4 p.m. Several fishing vessels, two Coast Guard motor lifeboats, the cutter Shrike, and Coast Guard aircraft searched for 28 hours, covering an area over 4,200 square miles. The search was suspended on the evening of July 4.