Reliving our past
This article was originally published in the May 25, 2010 edition of The Southern Gazette.
A fishing crew from the Burin Peninsula abandoned their vessel when their boat began taking on water and sank May 15.
The Lady Elaine II, owned by Brent Adams of Marystown, was about 145 kilometers south of the peninsula Saturday around 2 a.m. when a crewmember on watch noticed water in the ship’s engine room had risen up to the propeller shaft.
Mr. Adams, who noted the vessel’s five crewmembers were all from the region, said attempts to pump the water out proved futile.
“She had two pumps – a pump out with the main engine and a pump out with the generator – but I couldn’t get it to work, whatever happened.
“Don’t know this day or that what went on.”
Mr. Adams indicated he began issuing a mayday shortly after. He said he steamed for a while before the boat’s engine died hoping to come across another ship with a pump. A nearby fishing vessel arrived around 8 a.m. just as the crew was abandoning.
According to a report on CBC’s Fisheries Broadcast last week, the first boat on the scene was the Cousin’s Pride, captained by Ronald Grandy of Garnish. The crew was taken aboard and landed into Lawn.
Mr. Adams indicated a strong northwest wind, upwards of 50 kilometres an hour, was blowing at the time. The crew managed to climb aboard a pair of life rafts – three in one and two in the other – fairly routinely.
He noted a cover on the raft he was in, with one other crewmember, did cause a few problems getting clear of the sinking ship. He said a helicopter and three large container ships arrived around the same time the crew was being rescued.
Mr. Adams, a fisherman for the past 35 years, said he had just bought the 22- year- old Lady Elaine II in Digby, Nova Scotia a week before Easter. He indicated the insurance he had on the boat wouldn’t cover his full loss, but said he was just glad the crew got off safely.
He acknowledged he’s now in the process of buying another boat.
“So I mean I can’t give up.”
FILE PHOTO The Lady Elaine II, bought recently by Brent Adams of Marystown in Digby, Nova Scotia, sank off the Burin Peninsula May 15 after running into trouble. Garnish skipper Ronald Grandy, in his boat Cousin’s Pride, was the first vessel on the scene and rescued the crew. Crew rescued after fishing vessel sinks off peninsula