Photo of Emmy Rose under way at unknown date.

​Emmy Rose under way at unknown date. Source: Boat Aaron & Melissa​

Sinking of Fishing Vessel Emmy Rose

Investigation Details

What Happened

​​​On November 23, 2020, about 0130 eastern standard time, the emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) on board the 82 foot long fishing vessel Emmy Rose emitted a distress signal. The vessel had been under way with four crewmembers on board. The US Coast Guard arrived on scene 1.5 hours after the initial EPIRB alert and found a debris field and an empty life raft. They were unable to locate the vessel or its crew, who are presumed dead.

The accident was classified by the US Coast Guard as a major marine casualty. The Coast Guard will lead the investigation, and the NTSB will investigate and establish the probable cause of the accident.


11/10/2021 - Investigative update:

​​The United States Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Emmy Rose.

The Emmy Rose was returning from a 7-day fishing trip when it sank in the early morning on Nov. 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. 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 located 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 continue to provide updates to the families of the four fishermen lost. 

 Side scan sonar image of the Emmy Rose on the seafloor captured on May 20, 2021.
​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 port side bow captured by the ROV on Sept. 23, 2021.

​Image of the Emmy Rose’s port side bow captured by the ROV on Sept. 23, 2021. Photo courtesy of WHOI.


Image of the Emmy Rose’s name on the starboard side captured by the ROV on Sept. 23, 2021.Image of the Emmy Rose’s name on the starboard side captured by the ROV on Sept. 23, 2021. Photo courtesy of WHOI​.


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