Coast Guard Will Not Raise Sunken Scalloper to Recover Body
November 30, 2012
Cape Cod Times: The Coast Guard does not typically raise a sunken vessel to recover a body believed to be trapped inside, according to the agency’s investigator in charge of the Twin Lights, the Provincetown scallop boat that sank November 18 two miles north of Provincetown.
Under federal law, the Coast Guard must investigate marine casualties on commercial fishing vessels. But, Coast Guard investigator Lt. Kelli Dougherty said Wednesday that the money, equipment or people with skills needed to recover a body from a sunken vessel will generally be organized through family members, friends, insurance proceeds and other sources. That type of recovery would then be aided as much as possible by government agencies, such as the Coast Guard and state police, Dougherty said.
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