National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Komo News

Scientific Vessel Finds Lost Crab Fishing Boat Near Alaska

A scientific vessel has found a crab fishing boat that sank near Alaska in February.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) survey ship Fairweather found the 98-foot Destination using a system that creates 3D images of the ocean floor. The NOAA vessel used a multi-beam sonar system to locate the boat in 250 of water. The system is designed for seafloor mapping and object detection.

The Seattle-based crab fishing boat sank in February. All six hands were lost. As we reported at the time, members of the crew had ties to the Discovery Channel's popular reality show Deadliest Catch.

The boat was fishing for snow crab off St. George, Alaska, when it went down.

Family members of the crew want to know what happened, since the boat was apparently intact, and the discovery of the Destination may help answer their questions.

Now that the Destination has been found, the Coast Guard is going to use a remote-controlled vehicle to reach the boat. Using the remote vehicle, a dive team will inspect the wreckage and debris field.

The Coast Guard's Marine Board of Investigation will hold public hearings about the Destination in Seattle from Aug. 7 to 18.