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Stephenville-area search and rescue volunteers lauded for work in rescuing pair stranded in a boat

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The two men had been taking part in the food fishery Sunday when they ran into mechanical trouble and found themselves adrift

BAY ST. GEORGE, N.L. —

The RCMP in Bay St. George say a big thank you is owed to local search and rescue volunteers in the safe return of two men whose boat ran into mechanical difficulties while they were engaged in the food fishery off the province’s west coast Sunday. 

A 79-year-old Port Au Port East man and a 50-year-old Cold Brook man were rescued unharmed after their boat experienced motor troubles approximately 10 kilometres from shore in Bay St. George.

Just before noon Sunday, the RCMP received a report the two men had experienced boat trouble and that they were adrift. The Stephenville, Kippens and Port Au Port Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) were called in to assist, while Coast Guard officials alerted a local fishing boat, which assisted with the search.

About five hours later, GSAR made contact with the two men, who notified them that their boat had gone aground on Sandy Point. Shortly after that, GSAR located the two men and they were transported safely back to Port Harmon. Their boat was towed back by the fishing vessel. 

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