Coast Guard Locates Sunken Lady Luck

PORTLAND, Maine – Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, in its ongoing investigation of the sinking of the Lady Luck, a Newburyport, Mass., based fishing vessel missing since February 1, has located the vessel 20 nautical miles southeast of Portland, Maine, using a remote operated vehicle.

The vessel was located on the ocean floor at a depth of 530 feet, resting on its port side. No bodies were found during the search.

The Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna, homeported in South Portland, Maine, served as the platform for the investigators who searched with the equipment, assisted by VideoRay. In addition to finding the vessel, videotape of it was also obtained.

The findings of the underwater search will help investigators determine the factors that led to the vessel’s sinking, which will be publicly available when the case is completed.

While locating and investigating a submerged vessel is not routine in a casualty investigation, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England decided to take these extraordinary steps due to the vessel’s sudden disappearance and lack of evidence to indicate the cause of its loss. The investigators hope this action will eliminate some potential causes and possibly reveal what led to the sinking. The underwater exploration may also help investigators understand why essential vessel safety equipment was not found when the incident originally occurred.

The location where the vessel sank could pose a hazard to other fishermen. The Coast Guard will also provide safety information to mariners regarding the vessel’s exact offshore location.

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