Man dies aboard fishing vessel

Colin MacLean
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A 27-year-old man has died after being struck by a steel door aboard a fishing vessel offshore of Newfoundland.

Both Katsheshuk Fisheries Ltd. and the Trinity Conception RCMP have confirmed the death.

The man was originally from St. Anthony. The incident happened at about 8 p.m. Friday evening as the vessel was heading back to port.

The ship is the Katsheshuk II, which was fishing for shrimp. The boat set sail from Harbour Grace on Jan 26. It is owned by Katsheshuk Fisheries Ltd, a joint venture of Ocean Choice International and the Innu Nation through the Innu Development Limited Partnership. It has a crew compliment of 22.

According to a press release by the company, all members of the crew have been in contact with their families. The family of the deceased has also been notified.

Martin Sullivan, President of Katsheshuk Fisheries Ltd, also gave his condolences to the family.

“This incident is a tragic one.  The company will cooperate fully with officials in an investigation of the accident," said Sullivan.

"The news is devastating for all of our employees and the company," read the release.

The Trinity Conception RCMP and occupational health and safety inspectors are investigating the man's death. The transportation and safety board is also aware of the situation.

More information will be posted if it becomes available.

Organizations: Katsheshuk Fisheries, Trinity Conception RCMP, Ocean Choice International Innu Development Limited Partnership

Geographic location: Newfoundland, St. Anthony

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  • BONITA
    February 12, 2012 - 11:20

    THOSE FISHNG VESSELS, ARE A DEATH TRAP, LACK OF PROPER EQUIPMENT AND LACK OF KNOWLEDGE MAKES IT A DEATH TRAP.... TRYIING, TRYING TO MAKE THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR, MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY,,,

    • carogers
      February 13, 2012 - 07:17

      While your comment has validity and I am also would like to send my condolences to the family, as well... Bonita- sometimes the caps lock is on and your not aware, so pls check. It is considered rude to "shout" at people when making a comment, internet land has manners too. Pls don't think you are making a stronger statment with all caps, you are not, you are precieved as being obnoxious. Take care when you type.

  • Newfoundland Fisherman
    February 11, 2012 - 13:38

    Condolences to the family of this young 27 year old man who lost his life. A sad day indeed for his family. Working offshore is one of the most dangerous jobss that any Newfoundlander and Labradorian can have. I had my son working aboard the Katsheshuk 11 and he worked hard for his money like anyone fisherman working offshore. This young man was so close to being home afte being out to see since January 26th. Occupational Health and Safety ---- please leave no stone unturned in this investigation ....... look deep and wide ...... and if it is indeed a tragic accident it can and has to be accepted ...... God Bless you soul young man ....