Sutwik Island, AK, Sinking of Scandies Rose

​​The National Transportation Safety Board announced held a virtual public board meeting June 29 to determine the probable cause for the 2019 sinking of the fishing vessel Scandies Rose.

The Scandies Rose sank Dec. 31, 2019, 2.5 miles south of Sutwik Island, Alaska. The vessel had a crew of seven; two were rescued and five others missing after the accident were never found.

During the meeting the NTSB’s five-member board will vote on the findings, probable cause and recommendations as well as any changes to the draft final report.

In keeping with established federal and local social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while also ensuring the NTSB’s compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the board meeting for this event will be webcast to the public, with the board members and investigative staff meeting virtually. There will be no physical gathering to facilitate the board meeting.

WHAT: A virtual NTSB board meeting on the sinking of the Scandies Rose.

WHO: NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.

HOW: A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at

NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt will take questions from reporters during a media availability scheduled to start 30 minutes after the board meeting ends. Journalists wishing to participate must send an email to A link with instructions will be emailed. A recording of the availability will be made available on the NTSB YouTube channel,, shortly after the session.


Opening Statement​ - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt

Staff Presentations

Closing Statement​ - Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt​