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You Can’t Fix It — Part V

Surviving the sinking of their 65-foot fishing vessel was a triumph for Captain Corey Starkes and crewmembers Chad Sheppard and Scott Drover. Their survival was the result of a remarkable combination of determination, knowhow, Search and Rescue (SAR) technician’s expertise and more, all sprinkled with some old-fashioned good luck. But their elation was sadly tempered by the heartbreak of losing a friend and shipmate, Max Pittman. To this day, nine years later, some of the ordeal still seems ...

Two N.B. Lobster Fishermen Die in Fishing Accident

RCMP officers have confirmed that two fishermen have died and another man was taken to hospital today after a fishing boat capsized off the shore of a community in northern New Brunswick. Police say the incident occurred early Thursday morning off the Miller Brook wharf near Salmon Beach, about 11 kilometres from Bathurst. A 45-year-old Bathurst man and a 67-year-old man from Salmon Beach are reported to be victims of the accident. A 47-year-old Salmon Beach man was rescued and taken to ...

You Can’t Fix It — Part IV

Survival at sea depends on many things, including luck. For the captain and crew of the Seafaring Legend, luck was in short supply on October 9, 2009. Their vessel was sinking about 65 miles northeast of Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Captain Corey Starkes, along with crewmen Chad Sheppard, Scott Drover and Max Pittman managed to get away from the sinking vessel but Max was not doing well and incapable of helping himself. To make matters worse, one life raft surfaced upside down, still tethered to ...

Lobster Boat Goes Down on Second Last Day of Season

The lobster boat Lois N II sank May 30 off the coast of Port La Tour, Nova Scotia. Sub-Lt. Jamie Tobin, a spokesman for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, said two fishing vessels collided around 9 a.m., the Chronicle Herald reported. Lois N II began sinking, but the other vessel was in better condition and was able to take on the five-member crew of the sinking boat and transported them safely to shore. The JRCC didn’t send any rescue teams to the accident, but Sub-Lt. ...

You Can’t Fix It — Part III

As the Seafaring Legend was sinking, Captain Corey Starkes and his crew faced monumental odds attempting to survive. One crewmember, Max Pittman, was unable to help himself, Corey became snagged in debris and rope, both life rafts were submerged, seas were 15-20 feet high and winds were 35 nautical miles per hour (65 km/h) As well, the men didn’t know if their mayday had transmitted because the electronics were underwater by the time Corey made the call, they were 65 miles offshore and there ...

You Can’t Fix It — Part II

On October 24, 2009, Captain Corey Starkes and his three-man crew of the Seafaring Legend were enroute to Twillingate to land their shrimp catch. Things were routine until just before daylight. Corey was trying to get some much-needed rest while crewman Chad Sheppard stood watch. At approximately 7 a.m., Corey was awakened by Chad’s shouts to wake up because something was wrong. Going to the wheelhouse, Corey realized the vessel was so severely listed to the port side that water was about ...

You Can’t Fix It

La Scie, Newfoundland native Corey Starkes is a changed man since the accident in 2009. As captain of his dad’s 65-foot fishing vessel, Seafaring Legend, Corey was enjoying a good life. But in the early morning hours of October 24, everything changed and as much as he wishes, he can’t change it back to the way it was before that day. A week earlier, Corey, along with crewmen Scott Drover and Chad Sheppard, had steamed from La Scie, across Notre Dame Bay, to Twillingate to pick up ice ...

TSB Deploying Team to Investigate Sinking of Don Cadegan

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) announced today it is deploying a team of investigators to Pubnico, Nova Scotia, to assess an occurrence involving the fishing vessel Don Cadegan which ran aground and subsequently sank on February 15. The TSB said the three-person crew was picked up by another fishing vessel and are all safe. The vessel ran aground near Murder Island, one of the islands in the Tusket Islands chain. A Transportation Safety Board spokesperson said the ...

As Luck Would Have it — Part II

When their 52-foot fishing vessel nearly totally submerged about four miles from Port Saunders on Newfoundland’s northwest coast, Captain Raymond Ryan, along with his two sons, Maurice and Rene jumped ship. Raymond and Maurice managed to hold on to a wooden fish chute to keep their heads above water but could do little to help themselves. Rene was nowhere to be seen and presumed drowned by his dad and brother. Their chances of survival looked grim but fate was somewhat kind on August 7, 1991 ...

Recommendations for Fishing Vessel Regulations, Safety Slow to Change, Says TSB

Each year, fishermen lose their lives while working in the fishing industry in Atlantic Canada. Whether it be drownings, going overboard, boats sinking or being involved in accidents, the tragedies continue to occur. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) statistics show on average there is at least one loss of life per month in the fishing industry. Marc-Andre Poisson, director of marine investigations for the Transportation Safety Board says that is too many. The TSB investigates ...