Boys who died in boating accident loved being down on the wharf: Twillingate mayor

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Twillingate Mayor Gordon Noseworthy said the two boys who died in a weekend boating accident were special, and known to everyone in the town.

"They're different," he said. "There's no video games in their life. They're on the wharf every day of the week."

The two boys, age 10 and 12-years-old were found dead in the ocean off the town's shores Sunday, along with a middle-aged man.

The search is on for a second man who was with the other three in a five-metre open boat.

"We're hoping they'll come up with the fourth body," Noseworthy said. "With the fourth body, if we don't recover it, it's going to leave a gaping hole in the whole situation."

The two little brothers were always out and about, and well known in the community.

Recently, he said, the Lion's Club advertised for volunteers to help re-shingle their roof.

"Them two little brutes showed up, and they were there for the day," Noseworthy said. "Now, they can't do no shingling, but when they had it all done, you never had to pick up any garbage, they had it all picked up."

Today is the kickoff of the Fish Fun and Folk Festival in Twillingate, but Noseworthy said some of the events may be changed in light of the tragedy.

This evening, there was a planned fireworks display and concert. It was supposed to be taking place right next to the house of the mother of the man who is still missing.

Instead, there will be a candlelight vigil on a wharf on the south side of the town.

Geographic location: Twillingate

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  • Michelle
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    There are many heavy hearts today in Newfoundland and Labrador. May the families affected draw strength from all of us who have you in our thoughts and prayers today. God bless.

  • Mother to All
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Thoughts and Prayers to the family and friends of the four lives lost. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. Rest in peace.

  • Peggy
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    My heart is aching over this tragedy, and for the family members, it must be unbearable.
    I'm praying that the fourth person will be found, and for all the families, and the whole community.
    These two precious brothers were obviously very close. Mere words
    are inadequate at such a horrific time.
    As humans, we'll keep asking the question WHY? . There is just no
    answer. Please try to hang on to your faith.

  • Jennifer
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I was born in Twilingate and visited there often growing up and I still do when I come home for visits.

    This is a horrible incident, and people should focus on finding the 4th and not about the size of the boat, or the engine.

    What a terrible loss in the small community, and at the start of the Festival.

    Let's just hope that he is found and that closure can at least be had by all.

  • Amanda
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of the 4 lost. I can't imagine what the mother is going through with just loosing her 2 little boys. my heart breaks for her and the family. I hope she takes comfort in knowing that a whole province is also grieving with her.