Coast Guard Issues Fishing-Deaths Report

Coast Guard Issues Fishing-Deaths Report
Kansas City Star – Kansas City,MO,USA

BOSTON – Vents that would have allowed water to drain from the deck of a doomed scallop boat were closed and its engine door was open when it took on water and sank, killing five fishermen, according to a preliminary U.S. Coast Guard report released Saturday.

The 75-foot Northern Edge sank Dec. 20 about 45 miles south of Nantucket. Only one member of the New Bedford-based vessel’s six-man crew survived.

The initial report, based in part on that crew member’s account, said that the boat’s survival suits, which would have given the crew a better chance of survival in 40-degree seas, were located in the crew’s quarters.

Before sinking, the vessel loaded with 11,500 pounds of scallops listed sharply, and water filled the main deck. The closed vents prevented water from draining away; the open door allowed water into the engine room, according to the report.

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