National Fisherman

PROVINCETOWN — State police used their unmanned robot to identify the sunken Twin Lights scallop boat Tuesday in 198-foot waters two miles north of Race Point. But obscured windows in the pilothouse, murky waters and fast currents prevented the robot from revealing whether the body of Capt. Jean Frottier was onboard.

"They weren't able to determine if anyone was in there," Coast Guard Lt. Joe Klinker said at the Provincetown station after searchers returned to land at about 3 p.m.

The state police will study the videotape taken by the robot, known as a remotely operated vehicle or ROV, and then determine the next step, Klinker said.

The Twin Lights capsized at about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 as Frottier, 69, of Wellfleet tried to untangle his equipment from another fisherman's gear. The commercial lobster boat Glutton was nearby and rescued crew member Eric Rego.

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