Divers find body of TowBoatUS captain

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Divers recovered the body last week of a 38-year-old TowBoatUS captain from Cape Cod, Mass.

John Redler was a licensed captain, working most recently as a subcontractor for TowBoatUS, according to the Cape Cod Times.

"I understand he had just finished some tows and the weather wasn't that good," said Dan Carpenter, another Cape Cod-based towboat operator with TowBoatUS.

In February, Redler and his wife, Juli Collins-Thompson, settled down near the Cape after their son was born. The couple had spent two years sailing the Caribbean on their 47-foot cutter, Lucky Escape, after Juli, a former banker, was laid off, and John, a real estate broker, had enough of the rat race.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. on May 16, divers pulled Redler's body from his vessel, the 29-foot Triple J, five hours after he radioed the Coast Guard that the boat was taking on water. Divers from the Wareham Fire Department found the boat submerged about three miles south of Hog Island Channel, according to the Coast Guard.

"Ending a search like this is a hard outcome to accept," Lt. Brian Hall, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

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