The United States Coast Guard will begin a formal public hearing on February 22, 2021, to consider evidence related to the sinking of F/V SCANDIES ROSE. The 130-foot crab fishing vessel sank on Dec. 31, 2019, in Alaska. Seven crew members aboard and five were never found.
The hearing will consider conditions impacting the vessel prior to and at the time of the sinking. It will take place daily and is expected to continue through March 5, 2021. The hearing will be streamed live online.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting its own investigation of the incident and joins the Coast Guard in this fact-finding phase. The NTSB will publish a separate report.
This F/V SCANDIES ROSE incident demonstrates the dangers faced by commercial fishermen who work aboard fishing vessels in Alaska. BoatLaw, LLP has represented commercial fishermen throughout the pacific northwest for over forty years. The firm’s admiralty lawyers have a unique understanding of the perils faced by these mariners.