NTSB uses video, high resolution photos in the probe of the sunken boat

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Investigators trying to figure out why a commercial fishing boat sank off the coast of Massachusetts nearly a year ago are using some high-tech gadgets in their probe.

BOSTON – Investigators trying to figure out why a commercial fishing boat sank off the coast of Massachusetts nearly a year ago, killing all four crew members, are using some high-tech gadgets in their probe, federal authorities said Wednesday. .

The 82-foot (25-meter) Emmy Rose based in Portland, Maine sank early Nov. 23 as it was heading for the harbor after a seven-day fishing trip, the National Transportation Safety Board said. in a note. Authorities previously said he was heading to Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The Emmy Rose stood in May, upright with its stabilizers deployed, about 800 feet of water on the sea floor about 25 miles offshore from Provincetown, Massachusetts, the NTSB said.

To help with the investigation, federal authorities partnered with the National Science Foundation and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in September to inspect the sunken ship using a remote-controlled vehicle.

The vehicle produced high-resolution videos and photos that are used by investigators trying to determine why the ship sank. It remains under investigation.

The ship made no distress calls. The Coast Guard searched more than 2,200 square miles in a 38-hour period, but found nothing but a field of debris, the smell of diesel fuel, an emergency beacon and an empty life raft.

The crew – Capt. Robert Blethen Jr., of Georgetown, Maine; Jeffrey Matthews, of Portland, Maine; Ethan Ward, of Pownal, Maine; and Michael Porper, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, was never found.

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