FILE PHOTO: The Emmy Rose departing Gloucester Harbor in Massachusetts on September 29. 2020. Photo by Robert Serbagi

Coast Guard, NTSB Release Images of Sunken FV Emmy Rose

Mike Schuler
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November 10, 2021

 The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Emmy Rose, releasing new imagery of the sunken vessel off Provincetown, Massachusetts that are now being used in the investigation.

The Emmy Rose was returning from a 7-day fishing trip when it sank early in the morning on November 23, 2020. There were no distress calls prior to the sinking.

The Coast Guard searched more than 2,200 square miles over a 38-hour period. The searches yielded a debris field, diesel fuel odor, the vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon and an empty life raft, however, none of the four crewmembers were found.

In May 2021, the Coast Guard and NTSB collaborated with MIND Technology, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to locate the Emmy Rose using side-scan sonar.

The 82-foot vessel was eventually located in May in an upright position with its outriggers deployed in about 800 feet of water on the seafloor about 25 miles off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts. 

In September 2021, investigators partnered with the National Science Foundation and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to survey the sunken vessel using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The ROV was deployed from the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore (WLB-209) and provided videos and high-resolution photos to assist investigators in attempting to determine the cause of the sinking. 

The Coast Guard and NTSB will continue to provide updates to the families of the four fishermen lost.

Photos of the sunken vessel are below:

Side scan sonar image of the Emmy Rose on the seafloor captured on May 20, 2021. Photo courtesy of MIND Technology
Image of the Emmy Rose’s name on the starboard side captured by the ROV on Sept. 23, 2021. Photo courtesy of WHOI
Image of the Emmy Rose’s port side bow captured by the ROV on Sept. 23, 2021. Photo courtesy of WHOI

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