Maine Fishing Boat Owner Says Its Not at Fault for Sinking

The owner of a Maine boat carrying four fishermen that sank off Cape Cod last fall has asked a court to declare it is not at fault.

The owner of the 82-foot Emmy Rose wants a Maine federal court judge to declare that it is not liable for damages in the sinking.

The owner, Boat Aaron and Melissa Inc., said there was no problem with the boat when it headed out to sea, calling the vessel “seaworthy, tight, staunch, strong, and fit.”

The boat sank off Provincetown in November when it was en route to Gloucester, Massachusetts. The four men lost at sea were Robert Blethen; Jeff Matthews; Michael Porper and Ethan Ward.

No lawsuits have yet been filed against the owner over the sinking.