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4 Maine fishermen on boat that sank off Massachusetts identified

The Coast Guard said Tuesday it has called off the search for the crew.
The Coast Guard said Tuesday it has called off the search for the crew.(Gray tv)
Published: Nov. 26, 2020 at 5:50 AM EST
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BOSTON, (AP) - Maine’s commercial fishing community is mourning the loss of four fishermen who went missing when an 82-foot fishing vessel sank off Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard said Tuesday it has called off the search for the crew of the Portland-based Emmy Rose that sank early Monday morning when it was en route to Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Authorities say the four men aboard were all Maine fishermen.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources identified the crew members as Jeff Matthews, Ethan Ward, Michael Porper and Robert Blethen.

“I share the grief that grips our fishing community today in the wake of yesterday’s announcement that the search for the crew of the Emmy Rose has been permanently suspended,” commissioner Patrick Keliher said.

Members of the fishing community contributed to a GoFundMe for the men that had attracted dozen of donations by Wednesday afternoon.

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