For wife of a missing fisherman, it was an anxious vigil

Misty Blue, a fishing vessel out of New Bedford, sank 10 miles off the coast of Nantucket Monday evening. —Courtesy of Jim Dills

FAIRHAVEN — Sleepless and refusing to eat, Tammy Roberts kept peering out the window of her seaside apartment, which was already decorated for Christmas. She was waiting for her burly husband to appear, waiting for a call from someone in authority, waiting for any sign of hope.

It had been 19 hours since her husband’s fishing boat went down off the coast of Nantucket Monday evening. Two men had been rescued. But Michael Roberts and a second crew member were still missing.

The night before, Roberts and her 4-year-old granddaughter had brought home a linguica pizza, just as Michael liked, and chocolates to make peanut butter cups for the holidays.