PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A judge has awarded nearly $1 million in damages to the families of four fishermen who died when their Maine-based boat mysteriously sank off the Massachusetts coast in 2020.

The 82-foot Portland, Maine-based Emmy Rose went down early Nov. 23, 2020, as it was heading to port after a seven-day fishing trip.

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The Portland Press Herald reports U.S. District Judge John Woodcock distributed insurance proceeds from the boat owner in an order Wednesday.

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He wrote each man died “an unspeakably tragic and terrible death.”

The vessel made no distress calls. It was found in May. Authorities are investigating how it sank.

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