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Third Time Unlucky – Part II

Boat repairs created problems for fishing skipper Kenneth Hickey in 2015. His 45-foot vessel DSL Enterprises needed upgrading, but the work was taking longer than anticipated and by mid-June, Kenneth was worried whether he’d be able to catch his snow crab quota before the season ended in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland at the end of June. His wife Madeline was the registered owner of a second enterprise that included a 45-foot vessel, but government rules prevented Kenneth from using the second ...

Third Time Unlucky

Kenneth Hickey was known as a cautious fisherman. His wife Madeline says her husband often worried about many of his peers because he felt they were not exercising safe fishing practices. She says he often voiced his thoughts on the matter and that is why she never worried about Kenneth when he was at sea. Kenneth, from Southern Harbour, Newfoundland, was generally attentive and careful in almost everything he did, but in a period of a year or so he had a couple of close calls that ...

Pop’s Pride – Part III

On September 6, 2016, the 22-foot fishing boat Pop’s Pride left port in St. John’s Newfoundland between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. with four fishermen onboard. Three of the men were from a single family. The fourth was a family friend. All were from Shea Heights, a tight-knit community within the city limits of St. John’s. As the men hauled their nets that morning, winds increased to approximately 30-32 knots (56-60 kilometres per hour) along with seas of two metres (six feet). It appears the ...

Pop’s Pride – Part II

Three members of one fishing family, along with a family friend, all from Shea Heights-St. John’s, N.L., went fishing on September 6, 2016 in a 22-foot open boat. When Eugene Walsh, his son Keith and Keith’s son, Keith Jr., along with Billy Humby, had not returned by early afternoon, family members and friends became concerned. Winds had increased to 25–30 knots and waves reached six feet high outside the St. John’s Narrows — not good conditions for a small boat. This is Part II of ...

Pop’s Pride

Sonya Walsh didn’t hear her husband Keith get up on Tuesday morning, September 6, 2016. Neither did she hear the alarm clock that always woke Keith. She didn’t hear her husband and their son Keith Jr., age 18, having breakfast and chatting before they left the house at approximately 5 a.m. to go fishing. Ordinarily, 36-year old Sonya would have merely dismissed her deep sleep that morning as nothing more than extreme tiredness, but events later that day makes her wonder about some ...

Survivor Extreme – Part V

After surviving a brutal trek over a mountain through snow and ice, a partially frozen river and ice-covered rocks in bare feet, Dave Barnes eventually made it to the relative comfort of a small cabin located on Ten-Mile Bay, south of Nain, Labrador. For a while, it seemed the remainder of his journey home would be in relative comfort compared to what he suffered in the previous nine hours. But comfort would prove to be elusive. This is Part V of “Survivor Extreme” The cabin on Ten Mile ...

Survivor Extreme – Part IV

Following the sinking of the tug Sea Alert just south of Nain Labrador in the fall of 1995, Dave Barnes faced what most would find insurmountable odds to survive. After swimming a mile in freezing water, he managed to make it to land but a mountain lay between him and safety. He climbed the snow-covered mountain in bare feet and finally made it to a small shack on the Labrador coastline. But surviving the night would be a major struggle. This is Part IV of Survivor Extreme.   F...

Survivor Extreme – Part III

On Wednesday, November 1, 1995, an 85-foot tug struck a rocky shoal about 10 miles south of Nain, Labrador. The Sea Alert sank within 10-12 minutes. The captain and two other crewmembers were lost with the vessel. The engineer, 30-year old Dave Barnes made it off the boat, but his journey to survival defies logic and some would say also defies medical science. This is the continuation of Survivor Extreme.   After two agonizing hours swimming and paddling a wooden crate-like raft ...

Survivor Extreme – Part II

On November 1, 1995, a tug with four men onboard, struck a rock in waters approximately 10 miles south of Nain, Labrador. Within a few minutes, the severely damaged Sea Alert sank. One man, engineer Dave Barnes, managed to get off the ship. His struggle to survive over the next 16 hours is almost incomprehensible. This is the continuation of Survivor Extreme.   When Dave ran from the engine room to the deck, he saw his three shipmates, Eph Skinner, Dave House and the tugboat’s ...

Survivor Extreme

Northern Labrador was a very busy place in 1995. The huge Voisey’s Bay nickel development was starting to swing into full gear in a remote part of the Labrador coastline just 21 miles south of Nain, the most northerly major town in Labrador. The early signs of winter are obvious in that region by late October with snow on the ground and ice forming along the coastline, while many ponds and lakes are often frozen solid. Marine shipping is crucial for the transport of nearly everything in ...