Close call


One day be­fore the lob­ster sea­son was to open, New­man Short nearly lost his boat be­cause of the strong NorE­aster that pounded Her­mitage-Sandyville.

The boat broke from its moor­ing in Sandyville’s in­ner har­bour and drifted past the break­wa­ter to­wards the rocks and coves on the western side ad­ja­cent to the road go­ing to Seal Cove.

With the help of other lob­ster fish­ers in Sandyville, they were able to get the boat off the rocks and tow it back to the slip­way where all had a chance to in­spect the dam­age. Mr. Short is un­cer­tain when he can be­gin putting his pots in the wa­ter.

The big rocks of the cove and the pum­mel­ing of the waves did their dam­age to the bot­tom of Mr. Short’s boat; he will need fiber­glass re­pairs be­fore he can put the boat back in the wa­ter.

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