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Military search effort for missing New Brunswick fishermen called off


The coast guard and local fishermen are searching the area for the missing sailors. Photo: Brenda Tate.
The coast guard and local fishermen are searching the area for the missing sailors. Photo: Brenda Tate.

Staff writers

May 18, 2013 — Military efforts to find two missing crew members of a fishing vessel off New Brunswick's northeast coast have been called off, about 10 hours after the boat issued a distress call.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax says the difficult decision was made around 3:45 p.m. after an exhaustive search of the area offshore of Tabusintac.

Spokesman Mike Bonin (BO-nin) says two Canadian Coast Guard vessels and a Cormorant helicopter from Greenwood, N.S., had done all they could to locate the two remaining crew members.

Bonin says the matter has been turned over to the RCMP.

Around 1:15 p.m., one fisherman was found dead near where the boat hit a sandbar in rough seas and began taking on water.

Bonin says the fishing boat was about five kilometres offshore of Tabusintac when it sent out mayday call at about 5:30 a.m.

Early Saturday morning, Environment Canada cautioned that strong to gale force winds (63 km/h to 87 km/h) could be expected in the Miramichi Bay and Chaleur Bay regions of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The nearest weather station, not far from Gaspé, reported gusts of more than 50 km/h Saturday morning.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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