Icebreaker escorting ferry on Fogo Island run

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The provincial ferry Captain Earl W. Winsor makes its way through ice on the Fogo Island-Change Islands-Farewell run today with the assistance of the Canadian Coast Guard vessel George R. Pearkes. — Photo submitted by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Earlier today, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship George R. Pearkes successfully escorted the provincial ferry Captain Earl W. Winsor through ice on the Fogo Island-Change Islands-Farewell crossing, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said.

Another escort was scheduled to leave Farewell at 4 p.m.

Ice conditions in the afternoon were a little heavier than earlier today and, as a result, it may take more time to complete the run.

The George R. Pearkes is described on the Canadian Coast Guard website as a light icebreaker/large buoy tender built in 1986 in British Columbia. It operated in the Pacific and Quebec regions before being transferred to the Newfoundland and Labrador Region in 2004.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard

Geographic location: Fogo Island, British Columbia, Pacific Quebec regions

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