USCG begins investigation into loss of crabbing vessel

The US Coast Guard has convened a Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of crabbing vessel Scandies Rose (IMO 79933529) and five of its seven crew members in the Gulf of Alaska over the New Year 2019/20.

A Marine Board of Investigation is the USCG’s highest level of investigation into a marine casualty. The MBI will issue a report directly to the USCG Commandant. Specifically the MBI will look into cause of the casualty, including the cause of any deaths, as well as whether any laws and regulations were violated. 

The National Transportation Safety Board will participate alongside the MBI in its investigation, but will produce an independent report with its own findings.

The 40-metre Scandies Rose issued a mayday call at about 22:00 local time on Tuesday December 31st 2019, the USCG said. Its last known location was about 170 miles southwest of Kodiak.

Aircrews located two life rafts, including one raft that contained two survivors. The search was eventually suspended on January 2nd. The loss was the worst accident in Alaska’s commercial fishing industry since the sinking of the FV Destination, with the loss of all six crew members, in February 2017.

1979-built, USA-flagged, 105 gt Scandies Rose is owned and managed by Scandies Rose Fishing of Bremerton, Washington State, USA.