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A Mexican national was arraigned on murder charges in federal court in Boston Monday after allegedly assaulting three crewmembers on a Virginia-based fishing boat while sailing about 55 miles off the coast of Nantucket, authorities said.

Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, was charged with murder and attempted murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the US, the US Attorney’s office said in a statement. He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston at a later date.

On Sunday, the 82-foot fishing trawler, the Captain Billy Haver, was sailing with seven crew members when Vazquez allegedly assaulted three other crew members with a hammer and a knife, then climbed up the ship’s mast to avoid capture, authorities said.

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The ship’s captain sent out a distress call, and a German cruise ship, the Mein Schiff 6, as well as a Coast Guard cutter responded. Two of the injured crew members were taken aboard the cruise ship, and one was pronounced dead by a doctor on board, officials said.

The trawler, the German cruise ship and the Coast Guard vessel sailed to Boston where they were met by investigators.

Vazquez is in the US illegally, authorities said. On March 9, he was arrested in Newport News, Va., for abduction by force, intimidation, or deception, and released on bond.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.