03-22-2010, 02:32 PM #1
MA - Jon Hemingway, 36, Nantucket, 17 March 2010 - #1
This has to be one of the craziest accounts of a missing person I have ever read! And the poor guy was not reported missing until noon.
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.
03-22-2010, 02:45 PM #2
That is bizarre! I hate to think this, but do you think she may have pushed him over?Praying for Jason.
Where is Kayla Berg?
Justice for Stephanie Low, 9-22-14 RIP Stephanie
03-22-2010, 02:49 PM #3
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03-22-2010, 02:45 PM #5
Earlier story (March 19):
Search For Missing Boater Suspended
Hemingway's wife told officials she last saw him about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday when they went below deck to sleep. When they awoke Thursday morning, the boat had run aground on Nantucket and Hemingway was missing.
Four Coast Guard boats, two cutters, a helicopter and a jet searched the waters between Hyannis and Nantucket. The 21-hour search covered more than 767 square miles, an area almost double the size of Cape Cod.
Boats and cutters searched the entire transit route from Hyannis to Nantucket, and aircraft searched from Chatham to Great Neck, down to Martha's Vineyard and east of Nantucket.
03-22-2010, 02:57 PM #6
From the first article linked:
"Nantucket police said that an analysis of the boat's GPS showed that he fell overboard about nine miles north of Nantucket."
03-22-2010, 03:02 PM #7
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03-22-2010, 03:06 PM #8
Jonathan and Katherine Hemingway founded Hemingwayscapes, Inc. in 2002. Together they share 25 years of professional landscape experience and 5 years into a wonderful marriage. Their first daughter, Elizabeth Joy was born on July 7, 2006 and it has brought an amazing and loving new perspective into their lives.
03-22-2010, 03:03 PM #9
From a different news source, police questioning story. There is a video here, too:
Missing Nantucket Boater Presumed Dead (03/20/10)
“We did an adequate search, covered the area multiple times. With the water as cold as it is, life expectancy is limited,” said Ronnie German of the US Coast Guard.
Police are now questioning some of the facts presented at the beginning of their investigation.
While they won’t specify what they believe was inaccurate, they do believe, according to GPS data, that Hemmingway’s boat began to operate erratically nine miles offshore, doing a series of circles before running aground. Investigators also said they don’t believe he made it to shore.
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Something is not right there. This is one I will be keeping an eye on for sure!
03-22-2010, 03:07 PM #11
"Katie" seems off. How horrid to speculate "he sank quickly." Even odder to say "his spirit." Does she already know he's deceased? Oh, Katie, I think everyone is onto you.
03-22-2010, 03:13 PM #12
What the heck??? That is up there with some of the more bizarre stories. Hinky meter, just sayin'.
03-22-2010, 03:22 PM #13
Their residence is in Nantucket. From Hyannis (A) to Nantucket (B) is about 31 miles.
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03-22-2010, 03:23 PM #14
It looks like most of the information is coming from this story from the Nantucket Independent, which has even more bizarre details.
Jon was planning a romantic evening aboard the Katie B., when he first called Katie to say he would be picking her up in Hyannis that evening. Katie and Jon, both 36, own Hemingwayscapes and Kate had been off island for two days in western Massachusetts taking classes in organic turf management.
"Jon was an impeccable mariner," said Katie in an interview at her home this past Saturday. The house was filled with family, friends, children, and dogs without collars. The happy clutter of toys, stuffed animals and picture books was bittersweet: the children were the center of the Hemingway family and the young father was dead. "I trusted him 110 percent when it comes to [judging] navigable conditions.
" Since the plan was spur-of-the-moment, Jon could not line up a babysitter and took the children, Elizabeth, 3, and Madeline, 1, with him.
"The second time he called, he was en route. He couldn't get a babysitter and had the kids in the cabin," Katie said. “He would have turned back if I’d asked him, but I trusted his judgment completely.”
The trip across Nantucket Sound usually takes 75 to 90 minutes and Jon made it to Hyannis at 8:15 p.m. that night, said Katie.
Katie had picked up dinner and a 12-pack of beer and brought it to the boat docked at the Hyannis Marina. The family ate aboard. Although there was beer on the boat, Jon drank less than a can and Kate did not drink anything.
"When we headed out of the Channel a little before 9 p.m., it was beginning to get a bit cold and I put some warm clothes on. It was probably 9:30 p.m. when I went down below with the girls. We cuddled, watched a movie and were cozy," said Kate. "The conditions were choppy. We were hitting some waves and I could hear water splashing against the cabin. The conditions weren't the best, but I had been in these conditions before and it all felt familiar. If I’d asked Jon to turn back, he would have. He was by no means on a mission.
Thinking that Jon had walked into town for a ride to to Madaket to get their truck, Katie went back to sleep. She woke a little before 5 a.m. The alarm was still sounding and the motor still running.
"I could not open the door and it took 20 minutes to get out," she said.
The children were panicked and screaming. The baby was crying and Elizabeth was screaming, "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!"
"I still thought he was getting help, yet I was annoyed that he left his cell phone," she said.
Katie turned the motor off and pulled it out of the sand.
When she was questioned by the police if the engine was idle or engaged, Katie could not remember.
"The children were panicky and I was scared," she said. "They 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."
Katie called a family friend to come and get them at the beach at the end of Jefferson Avenue, where the boat had run aground. He had not heard anything from Jon.
To give him an update on their location, Katie called him back a second time 5 minutes later and asked the friend if he had again heard from Jon.
"Jon just called me," the friend said. "He told me he beached the boat and that you and the girls were aboard."
"Was he upset?" asked Katie.
"He sounded fine," said the friend. "I think Jon is on his way down here."
The friend dropped Katie and the girls off at their home and went back to the beach to stay with the boat. He called Kate and asked her to tell Jon to bring another propeller to the beach.
Kate would later learn the friend was unsure of the phone call. He was shaken up and could not recall what had happened. It appears Jon never made a phone call to the friend. This delayed Jon's being reported missing to the U.S. Coast Guard by hours. Based on the friend’s report of the phone call, the Nantucket Police first conducted a search for Jon on land.
03-22-2010, 03:17 PM #15
It's obvious she had every opportunity to call for help, She did not! Why didn't see call for help at 1:15 when she noticed him missing and the boat had run ashore? If he was an avid sailor, she would know this is something he would not have done on purpose. Why not call at 5:00am when she again noticed he was missing? To then go to your cabin and go back to bed, makes no sense at all! Very suspicious!
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