Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Vito and his crew mate, Marcos Alvarez, took out their 46-foot fishing boat called the "Gina Lisa" on a fishing expedition 18 miles West of the Coronado Islands and the boat disappeared on December 5, 2004.
Family members believed the two men were victims of a collision with a tanker or freighter.
Weather conditions at the time were very rough. Winds were blowing at 34 to 45 knots, swells up to 8 feet, hail and poor visibility were reported.
The Coast Guard located the 46-foot vessel sitting upright at the bottom of the ocean, nearly 4,000 feet below the surface.
The life raft of the Gina Lisa was found floating in the high seas empty.
The bodies of the two experienced fisherman have never been found.
Above Images: The Gina Lisa,The bow and pilot house of the fishing boat, which was found under nearly 4,000 feet of water.
Above Images: The Gina Lisa,The starboard side of the boat's pilot house was damaged, possibly when the vessel hit bottom.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
U.S. Coast Guard or San Diego County Sheriff's Dept.
Sign on San Diego 12/3/06
Sign on San Diego
San Diego Union Tribune