Details Of Boater's Mysterious Disappearance Emerge
The wife of a Nantucket man who fell overboard while on a boating trip with his family is explaining some of the mystery surrounding her husband's disappearance.
Jon Hemingway, 36, disappeared from his 23-foot Maritime boat while he, his wife and their two children were boating from Hyannis to Nantucket Wednesday morning.
Hemingway's wife, Katie, told officials she last saw him about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when they went below deck to sleep. When she awoke early Thursday morning, the boat had run aground on Nantucket and Hemingway was missing.
Katie Hemingway told Wicked Local Cape Cod that her husband was an "impeccable mariner," who probably fell overboard while going to the bathroom.
"Since he was wearing boots, Carharts and heavy clothes he probably sank quickly," she said. "It is a miracle that we are all alive. I believe the spirit of my husband guided us to shore."
Jon Hemingway had picked up his wife in Hyannis earlier that night and brought their two daughters, Elizabeth, 3, and Madeline, 1, with him because he could not find a babysitter. His wife said he would have turned back if she asked him to and she "trusted his judgment completely."
She said the family left Hyannis at about 9 p.m. and went down below with the girls about 30 minutes later.
She said she was woken up at about 1:15 a.m. when the boat ran aground. She said that she thought Jon Hemingway was trying to free the boat. She called her husband on his cell phone, and while she could hear it ring, she said she assumed he could not hear the phone over the sound of the engine.
Katie Hemingway said she thought her husband went into town to get their truck, so she went back to sleep. She woke a little before 5 a.m., with the children panicked and scared
"(The children) became my focus. I had to keep everybody calm and I chose to get the children back into the cabin. That took about 20 minutes and finally everybody went to sleep. We woke about 7:45 a.m.," she said.
She called a family friend to get them, and still had not heard from her husband. A missing person's report was delayed to the Coast Guard because the friend told Katie Hemingway that Jon called him, and he "sounded fine."
Katie Hemingway later learned that the friend was unsure of the call, and was so shaken up that he could not remember if he received the call.