AIR SEARCH OFF NOVA SCOTIA COAST SUSPENDED FOR MISSING SCALLOP FISHERMEN

Dec 19, 2020

By Jeremy Logan

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The aerial search for five fishermen who were working on a scallop boat when it sank in the Bay of Fundy has been suspended until Sunday, and the ground search has been called off indefinitely.

The R.C.M.P. says in a news release that on Friday a Department of Lands and Forestry helicopter was used to search 20 kilometres of Nova Scotia coastline between Hillsburn and Morden, along the province’s southwest shore.

The search didn’t locate the missing fishermen or any debris from the Chief William Saulis, which sank early Tuesday morning with six on board.

The police release says the ground search was suspended on Friday and didn’t occur on Saturday “due to weather-related safety concerns.”

Police say after assessing the terrain and the tide from the air and ground, all ground searching was suspended indefinitely because conditions were determined to be unsafe.

The body of one fisherman was found Tuesday night, but the boat and the other crew members and captain have yet to be found.

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