Top News

Garnish fisherman back to sea six weeks after boat sinks

The vessel after a test run.
The vessel after a test run.

GARNISH, NL — Just over six weeks after their fishing boat hit a sunker and sank near Brunette Island, off the Burin Peninsula, Preston Grandy and his wife Tonia are getting the vessel ready for the fishing season.

Tonia said she didn’t think she would see the boat ready for this season.

“Not for one minute,” she said in a message to The Southern Gazette through social media.

Preston Grandy, centre, along with his wife Tonia, and crewmate Tim Ball began repairing the damage to their fishing vessel six weeks ago.

“I didn’t think we would get her back from Brunette, let alone six weeks later to have her all redone and back fishing.”

She said repairing the vessel was no easy task.

“It was a lot of long days and hard work.”

SEE RELATED: Garnish fishermen facing big bill after boat sinks 

It was thanks to the help of others, as well, she said.

“We have a good crew and we were lucky enough to have a little bit of help through donations to cover stuff.”

The couple received some monetary donations, and others donated supplies such as batteries, a table and counter for the boat.

“A good friend, Rod Brady, does fiberglass for a living. (He did) the fiberglass for half price, so we have been blessed with the help of a few good people.”

Grandy said even with the help of others and the donations they received they still had to make a large personal investment into the repair.

“… but it’s worth it; she’s a good boat and looks better then ever.”   

Colin.farrell@southerngazette.ca

Recent Stories