U.S. Coast Guard crews this morning are searching for four missing fishermen approximately 20 miles northeast of Provincetown.

Watchstanders at First District Coast Guard Command Center in Boston received notification at 1 a.m. from the 82-foot fishing vessel Emmy Rose via its emergency position radio beacon, the Coast Guard said this morning in a media release.

The vessel's owner reported there were four people aboard, and that there were no answers on the vessel’s satellite phone, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod immediately launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous to search for the Emmy Rose. Upon arrival at the vessel's last known position, crews discovered debris and an empty life raft, the Coast Guard said.

The helicopter and the 210-foot cutter Vigorous homeported in Virginia Beach are joined by an HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft, a Coast Guard Station Provincetown 47-foot motor lifeboat, and the Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo homeported in Gloucester, the Coast Guard said.

The weather reported on scene is 30-knot winds with 6-to-8-foot seas. The Emmy Rose is homeported in Portland, Maine.

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