Body found as search continues for 5 fishermen still missing in Bay of Fundy


The body of one of the fishermen aboard a scallop that went missing in the Bay of Fundy off the southwest coast of Nova Scotia on Tuesday was found, while the search continues for the other five fishermen who were on board the boat.
The Joint Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) announced the news in a tweet released at 11:03 p.m. ADT.

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family,” the tweet said. It is not known when the body was found or where. The next of kin have been informed.

The distress beacon was activated for the missing ship, Chief William Saulis, on Tuesday morning. JRCC said the emergency signal arrived at 5:51 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time near Delaps Cove, Nova Scotia

A Cormorant helicopter and Hercules aircraft from CFB Greenwood and three Coast Guard vessels were dispatched to assist in the search, which is hampered by inclement weather.

A CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol plane from Greenwood also joined the search on Tuesday evening. The JRCC said in a tweet that it would conduct infrared searches in the area.

Debris was seen from the air around 8:22 a.m. Two life rafts ran aground but no one was on board, the lieutenant commander said. Brian Owens of JRCC.

“We will continue the search until the rest of the evening and for as long as it takes to ensure that we make all possible attempts to locate these people,” he said.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, he confirmed the search would continue through the night.

Ground search and rescue personnel are also supporting efforts from shore.

In an interview around 3 p.m., Owens said he added additional resources.

“We certainly hope to find them and we will continue until they do not,” he said, adding that the sea was above two meters with winds of over 30 knots from the north. -west, pushing towards the shore.

“Certainly the conditions were not favorable for small vessels. So this makes it difficult to search to see objects in the water. But from the air… we are able to search a large area and locate these individuals. ”

Members of the search and rescue team walk along the shoreline near Delaps Cove on Tuesday. (CBC)

Owens also said local fishing vessels had gone out to sea to try and help, and other boats on the water were encouraged to keep an eye out.

Scallop fishing is an important activity in Nova Scotia. Landings of 50,000 tonnes in 2018 were valued at $ 153 million, just behind lobster with $ 773 million.

Phil Carty, who runs a boat in Digby, Nova Scotia, says he knows the missing ship’s captain, Charles Roberts well.

“I’m not going to call him fearless, but it looks like the weather hasn’t affected him too much,” said Carty, who has been to the area hoping to help in any way he can.

“I have been on the beach. I found a first aid kit in his life raft and the life rafts are on the shore… it’s hit hard. We’re a fishing community, so it’s sad to see that, “Carty said.

“But on the same note, we take a chance on every trip, whatever the conditions … Things can still happen. ”

Carty said the weather was worse than expected and heard the ship was heading for Digby from Chignecto Bay in a strong northwest wind.

A search and rescue helicopter flies over Parkers Cove, Nova Scotia on Tuesday. (Brett Ruskin / CBC)

“It’s the last thing on your mind, you always think you’re going to come home.” But it’s one of those things that’s not in your hands. ”

Jacob Jacquard, a fisherman from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, looks forward to updates all day.

” It’s hard for me. It’s hard on my family. We knew a lot of guys on this boat, ”Jacquard said in an interview with CBC. As it happens Mardi.

“I myself have been fishing on this boat most of the last year… three weeks ago the captain called me to ask if I wanted to go fishing with him.

Jacquard said the crew would have arrived ashore with a full load of scallops when the distress signal was sent.

“It was a very good seagoing boat,” he said. “That’s why we’re all trying to piece together what happened, why it fell apart. I have been on this boat in rougher seas than last night. It would have been really scary. I believe most of the guys would have slept in their bunks. ”

Phil Carty, of Digby, Nova Scotia, knows the ship’s captain and has come to help in any way he can. (CBC)

Jacquard said the crew would have had survival suits, personal flotation devices and life jackets on board.

“If the guys were in their bunk, and a wave hit them and they rolled around, they wouldn’t have had time to really put anything in. They wouldn’t even have had time to get on the bridge, ”he said.

Angela Burnie, a member of Hillsburn United Baptist Church, located near Delaps Cove, said the church has provided space for first responders to warm up, eat and use the toilet.

Burnie said she felt “a little overwhelmed”. She said it was windy and “freezing cold” in the area on Tuesday, and that it is not a good feeling to hear research like this is being done in her community.

“Normally the result is never so great,” she said. “We just pray that they will watch over all the rescuers and hope that all of this will be good,” she said.

Reverend Bob Elliott said his heart breaks for the communities involved.

“You know what’s on my mind, it’s almost Christmas. These men have been on the water, they are cold and something catastrophic has happened, ”he said. “My heart goes out to their families, friends and loved ones on this day. ”

Charles Roberts, captain of Chief William Saulis, is among six people missing after the boat sent an emergency beacon signal early Tuesday morning. (Facebook)


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