Three men dead in boating accidents off Fogo

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Three men are dead as a result of separate boating accidents Saturday off Fogo Island.
The first incident, which claimed the life of one man, was reported around 8:45 a.m. Saturday when the Marine Rescue Centre in St. John's received a signal from an emergency locator beacon.
Cmdr. Mike Considine of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax, said efforts to contact the crew of the fishing boat, The Sea Faring Legend, were unsuccessful. The boat had a load of shrimp on board and was on route to Twillingate, when it sank about 40 miles northeast of Fogo Island.
Considine said a Cormorant helicopter was dispatched from Gander, as well as a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fixed-wing aircraft and the Coast Guard ship Sir Wilfred Grenfell.
When they arrived in the area, he said, there was no sign of the fishing vessel, but a liferaft could be seen in the water.
Three crewmembers were rescued and transported to Gander, while the body of the deceased crewmember was recovered and also taken to Gander. The three men rescued are reported to be in good condition.
Considine said visibility was good, but the winds were breezy and the water choppy at the time of the incident, which is now under investigation by the Transportation Safety Board.
Not long after this incident, the same Cormorant helicopter, Sir Wilfred Grenfell, another Coast Guard auxiliary vessel, The Atlantic Sound, and some fishermen who offered their assistance, were involved in another search for two turr hunters missing off Fogo Island.
Considine said the first rescue and recovery was between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and the second call came in shortly after noon Saturday.
Two men left Fogo in the early morning hours in a small vessel to hunt turrs and were reported missing by family members who contacted the local RCMP when they failed to return home at an expected time.
The bodies of the two men were located Sunday morning. Fogo Island RCMP said they were positively identified as the two missing bird hunters reported overdue Saturday.
Considine said the bodies were transported by the Sir Wilfred Grenfell to Farewell and then by hearse to Gander.
Commenting on the two tragic incidents, Considine said, "It's a sad situation and, in an area large as the Atlantic region is, for the two of them to be in the Fogo Island area, it defies belief sometimes."

Organizations: Coast Guard, Marine Rescue Centre, Joint Rescue Co Department of Fisheries and Oceans Transportation Safety Board RCMP

Geographic location: Fogo Island, Gander, St. John's Halifax Twillingate Atlantic Sound

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