TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — A Michigan man who was a shipmate of a freighter has died in an accident aboard a 1,000-foot freighter along the shore of Lake Michigan in northwestern Indiana.
Richard Gray of Traverse City died Monday after the accident on the freighter Walter J. McCarthy on the lakefront of Gary, Indiana. WWTV-TV reports.
Details of the accident were not available, but the website was boatnerd.com reported that Gray, 35, was second mate on the American Steamship Co. freighter, which was anchored off the coast of Gary and was getting ready to dock and unload at the time of Gray’s “tragic accident.”
Gray was a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and was 1st Vice President of the International Shipmasters’ Association Grand Traverse Lodge #23.
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His friend and colleague Ryan Miller set up a GoFundMe for Gray’s family, which as of Saturday morning had raised almost $70,000 towards a goal of $100,000.
Miller said Gray, who was married with three children, was the “ultimate family man.”
“Those three kids were his world … a devoted father and husband,” he said.
Gray’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Traverse City.