GoFundMe raises over $83K for fishermen presumed lost at sea

Four fishermen lost at sea last week when their fishing vessel, the Emmy Rose, sank off the Massachusetts coast, were “honorable men” who loved their families and the sea, according to a GoFundMe page organized for their grieving families.

“These four men were the best out there. They will be deeply missed, but they will never be forgotten,” the organizer of the page wrote.

The Coast Guard on Tuesday night suspended the search for the four men whose boat sank in eight-foot waves off Provincetown. Crews searched more than 2,000 square miles for 38 hours.

The page, created Wednesday, had raised nearly $83,000 of its $100,000 goal as of Saturday morning. The money funds will go to the families of the Emmy Rose crew who held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night that included about 100 people.

The fishermen were identified on the GoFundMe page as: Capt. Robert Blethen Jr. of Georgetown, Maine; Jeff Matthews of Portland, Maine; Ethan Ward of Pownal, Maine; and Mike Porper, of Gloucester, Mass. An accompanying video of the men showed heartbreaking images of them with their children and parents.

“All were extremely passionate about the fishing industry, but most importantly, they loved and cared for their families more than anything in the world,” the page said.

“Robert, Jeff, Ethan, and Mike would rest in peace knowing that their loved ones are going to receive the support they deserve,” the page said.

The Coast Guard began hunting for the Emmy Rose crew Monday night in stormy conditions. They went to the site where the Emmy Rose supposedly sank, but found only the boat’s emergency beacon, an empty life raft and debris, according to officials.

The Emmy Rose was headed to Gloucester when it sank, according to the Coast Guard.

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