HomeOutdoorsGoFundMe Page Raises Over $80 Thousand for Missing Fishermen Vigil

GoFundMe Page Raises Over $80 Thousand for Missing Fishermen Vigil

by Clayton Edwards
(Photo by Claire Yeung on Unsplash)

The United States Coast Guard has suspended its search for four missing fishermen off the coast of Massachusetts. Their fishing vessel, the Emmy Rose, sank early Monday morning. The Coast Guard employed three of their vessels as well as an aircraft in hopes of finding the men. High winds and violent seas hindered their attempts.

The search for the crew of the Emmy Rose lasted for over 36 hours and covered 2,000 square miles of ocean. Families of the crew have set up a GoFundMe campaign to ease the financial burden of the mourning families.

Families Mourn the Missing Fishermen

The four missing fishermen are Captain Robert Blethen Jr., Jeff Matthews, Ethan Ward, and Mike Porper. According to the organizer of the fundraiser, all of the men loved fishing, the sea, and more importantly their families. This loss came just before the Thanksgiving holiday, adding to a list of tragedies across the nation this week.

The money raised from the GoFundMe will be given directly to the families of the missing fishermen. The daughter of the Emmy Rose’s owner is handling the GoFundMe campaign. She has made arrangements to deliver all of the funds collected directly to the families. She makes sure to clarify that the fundraiser is for the crew of the Emmy Rose, not the vessel itself.

A Successful Campaign

The GoFundMe campaign’s goal is $100,000. At the time of writing, donors have given over $87,000 in just 3 days. On the page, organizer Rosalee Varian takes time to fully explain where the money will be going and her connection to the beneficiaries. More importantly, she takes time to highlight the virtues of the men who were lost at sea. Along with all the information, there is a heartwarming video of the missing fishermen and their families.