January 20, 2021

The body was found as the search for 5 fishermen still missing in the Bay of Funds continued

The body of one of the fishermen on board a scallop that went missing Tuesday has been found off the southwest coast of Nova Scotia, while the search for the other five fishermen on board continues.

The Maritime Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) announced the news in a tweet at 11:03 p.m.

“Our thoughts and true condolences go to the family,” the 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. JRCC said in a tweet that it would conduct infrared searches in the area.

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.

In an interview at 3 p.m., Owens said they added additional evidence.

“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.

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“Certainly the conditions were not favorable for small ships.

Search and rescue team members walk along the coast near Telops Cove on Tuesday. (CBC)

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 is worth $ 153 million, while the lobster is worth $ 773 million.

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 are 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.

A search and rescue helicopter flies over Parkers Cove in NS on Tuesday. (Brett Ruskin / CBC)

“This is the last thing on your mind. You always think you’re going home, but it’s one of those things you don’t have on your hands.”

Jacob Jogart, 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 myself on 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.”

Dickby’s Bill Carty, N.S., knows the ship’s captain and came to his aid in any way he could. (CBC)

Jacquard said the crew would have had survival suits, 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 heart goes out to their families and friends and loved ones.”

Captain Charles Roberts, captain of William Saulis, was among 6 people missing after the boat sent an emergency lighthouse early Tuesday morning. (Facebook)