The White Bay Challenger was being escorted by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Ann Harvey, when it was struck by ice and sank today. Photo submitted by Canadian Coast Guard
A third vessel taking part in the seal hunt has been evacuated.
The White Bay Challenger was headed towards Englee in the early morning today, escorted by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Ann Harvey, when it was struck by ice.
Coast Guard spokesman Kevin Barnes said the vessel started taking on water.
Three pumps were placed in the vessel, which managed to keep it afloat for some time. But at about 6:30 a.m. the crew was forced to abandon the vessel.
"I guess they couldn't keep up with the ingress (of water)," said Barnes.
The seven crew members were taken aboard the Harvey, which was headed to port in St. Anthony this morning.
The vessel sank shortly after.
Two other vessels had to be abandoned since the seal hunt started on the west coast Friday and the east coast Saturday. The Lacy May burned to the waterline off Catalina on Monday, while the BS Venture went ashore near Rocky Harbour later that day.
No one was hurt in either instance.