Investigators found the body of a crew member from a scallop ship that went missing Tuesday off the southwest coast of Nova Scotia, while teams for the other five who went missing have joined the coast.
The Maritime Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) said in a tweet at 11:03 p.m.
“Our thoughts and genuine condolences go out to the family,” the JRCC tweet said. It is not clear when or where the body was found. The next of kin has been announced.
An emergency lighthouse was activated Tuesday morning for missing ship captain William Saulis. JRCC reports emergency signal near NRS, Delaps Cove at 5:51 p.m.
A Hercules aircraft and three Coast Guard ships were sent from the weather helicopter and CFP Greenwood to assist in the search, which is hampered by bad weather.
A CB-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft from Greenwood also joined the search Tuesday evening.
Debris was found in the air at 8:22 p.m. Two life rafts went ashore, but no one was aboard, Lt. CMDR said. Brian Owens, with J.R.C.
“We are going to continue the search throughout the evening until we make sure that we are making every effort to find these individuals,” he said.
At 5pm on Tuesday, he confirmed that the search would continue throughout the night. Ground search and rescue troops are also supporting efforts from the shore.
“We hope to find them for sure, and we will continue until we see them,” he said, as the sea blew more than 30 knots from the northwest more than two meters and pushed towards the shore.
“Of course the conditions were not favorable for small ships. So looking at objects in the water makes the search difficult. But from the air we are able to search a large area and track the whereabouts of these individuals.”
Owens said local fishing vessels tried to go to sea and help, and other boats on the water were encouraged to keep an eye out.
Scallop fishing is big business in Nova Scotia. The 50,000 tonne landing in 2018 was worth $ 153 million, compared to $ 773 million for lobster.
Bill Carty, a boatman from Dickby, NS, says he knows Charles Roberts, the captain of the missing ship, very well.
“I wouldn’t call him fearless, but the weather didn’t seem to affect him much,” Carty said, moving to the area hoping he would help in any way he could.
“I was at the beach. I found a first aid kit from his life raft. Life rafts are on shore … It’s a tough hit. We’m a community of fishermen, so it’s sad to see this,” Cardi said.
“But on the same note, we get a chance for every trip regardless of the conditions … the material can still happen.”
Carty said the weather was worse than forecast, and I heard the ship sailing from Signecto Bay on a strong northwesterly route.
“This is the last thing on your mind. You always think you’ve going home. But it’s one of the things you do not have on your hands.”
Jacob Jacquard, a fisherman in Yarmouth, NS, is eagerly awaiting updates throughout the day.
“It’s hard for me. It’s hard for my family. We know a lot of people who were on that boat,” Jocard said in an interview with the CBC. This is happening Tuesday.
“I fished most of the boat last year … The captain called me three weeks ago and asked if I wanted to go scalloping with him.”
Jakart said the crew would have come ashore with full-loaded scallops when the distress signal was sent.
“This is a good sea boat,” he said. “That’s why we’re all trying to put together what happened and why we went down. I’m been on that boat in harsher seas than last night. It would have been so scary. I hope most of the guys were asleep in their stocks.”
Jacquard said the group would have had survival cases, personal floating devices and life jackets.
“If the guys were on their side, if a wave hit them and they rolled over, they wouldn’t really have time to put anything in. They wouldn’t even have time to go on deck,” he said.
Angela Bernie, a member of the Hillsburn United Baptist Church near Telopsville, said the church has set up a place for first responders to get hot, get some food and use the washroom.
Bernie said she “feels kind of overwhelmed.” He said it was windy and “bitter cold” in the area on Tuesday, and it was not a good feeling to hear such a search going on in his community.
“Usually the effect is never great,” he said. “We pray that they will take care of all those who have been rescued and thus hope that good will come,” he said.
The Rev. says his heart breaks for the communities involved. Bob Elliott said.
“You know what’s going on in my head, it’s almost Christmas. These men have been in the water, they’m cold, something catastrophic happened,” he said. “On this day my family goes to visit their family, friends and loved ones.”