Re­liv­ing our past

The Southern Gazette - - ARCHIVES -

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

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