The Destination and its six crew members were lost February 11, 2017, while fishing for Opilio crab northwest of St. George, Alaska. The wreckage has been located by Two NOAA ships, en route to scientific missions in Alaskan waters, at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation.
NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson used its multibeam echo sounder to search the area around the last known position of the Destination. Then the NOAA Ship Fairweather, used its multibeam sonar, designed for seafloor mapping and object detection, to locate the Destination in approximately 250 feet of water.
With the wreckage and debris field located by NOAA ships, a U.S. Coast Guard dive team aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy will use a remotely operated vehicle to investigate the wreckage later this month. Imagery from the ROV will provide visual confirmation of the wreck site and become part of the Coast Guard’s Marine Board of Investigation, which holds its public hearing August 7-18 in Seattle.
The vessel location is an instrumental piece of the investigation to discover the cause of the loss of the crew of six.
As background information: the NOAA Corps is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources