At­lantic Sap­phire crew res­cued from sink­ing boat

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY CARLA ALLEN AND KATHY JOHN­SON SALTWIRE NET­WORK

Three fish­er­men are safe and sound on dry land af­ter be­ing res­cued at sea in the early hours of Dec. 14 af­ter their ves­sel cap­sized and sank while fish­ing on Ge­orges Bank.

The crew of the fish­ing drag­ger At­lantic Sap­phire were res­cued by the crew of the An­gela O, an­other fish drag­ger. The home port for both ves­sels is the Den­nis Point wharf in Lower West Pubnico.

Un­con­firmed re­ports on the wharf in­di­cate the crew of the At­lantic Sap­phire had to aban­don ship and take to a life raft to es­cape the sink­ing ves­sel.

The An­gela O ar­rived back in port just be­fore 2 p.m. Crew mem­bers from both ves­sels, some vis­i­bly up­set, de­clined to com­ment on the sink­ing or the res­cue.

The 18.6-me­tre At­lantic Sap­phire was built in 2000 and is owned by Nova’s Finest Fish­eries in Lower West Pubnico.

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