According to a report from WCVB, the Portland-based fishing vessel, the Emmy Rose, sank early this morning.  The U. S. Coast Guard is currently searching for four people off the Coast of Provincetown, where it sank.  The 82 foot boat, according to the story, was about 20 miles northeast of Provincetown.

News Center Maine had additional information about the incident.  When the Coast Guard arrived at the boats last known location, they found debris and a life raft.

The News Center Maine story lists several crews out looking for the boat:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, and HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft

  • Coast Guard Station Provincetown 47-foot Motor Life Boat

  • Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter, homeported in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo, a 110-foot Patrol Boat, homeported in Gloucester, Massachusetts

It is a very dangerous profession to be a fisherman.  According to an article from Juneau Empire, (I know it's Alaska, but commercial fishing is dangerous everywhere) many fishermen don't wear PFD's.  The article says it's a combination of a "macho thing" and the fishermen don't know that there are comfortable PFD's to wear.

The article quotes Jerry Dzugan as saying:

When things go south on a small open boat it happens quickly.  "Swamping," being hit by a wave and not being able to recover. Sometimes they are fishing alone or with just two people, often in open waters. All of those combine to have those being a particularly high risk.

Praying that all four fishermen will be found.  What a tragedy it would be just before Thanksgiving to lose them.

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