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Not Sailing

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released new images of the lost fishing vessel Emmy Rose, the trawler that disappeared with all hands off the coast of Cape Cod in November 2020.

The Emmy Rose was returning from a seven-day fishing voyage when she went down in the early hours of Nov. 23, 2020. There were no distress calls prior to the sinking, and when the vessel failed to return, the U.S. Coast Guard launched a wide-scale search.

After covering an area of more than 2,200 square miles over a 38-hour period, the SAR team found only a debris field with a diesel fuel odor, the vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon and an empty life raft. None of the four crewmembers – skipper Robert Blethen Jr., Jeffrey Matthews, Ethan Ward and Michael Porper – were ever found. Read on.