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As Luck Would Have it

In 1991, Captain Raymond Ryan from Port Saunders, Newfoundland, was pondering his future. Some days he thought it might be time to get out of the fishing business. At 59, some would consider retirement, but Raymond was still too active for that so he wondered what else he could do with his life. The cod fishery had been declining for several years and it was difficult to make ends meet, let alone make a decent living. On his last trip of the cod-fishing season in 1991, fate played a hand ...

Tragedy Averted: Crew of Atlantic Charger Safe After Vessel Goes Down Near Frobisher Bay

The well-known Newfoundland-based fishing vessel Atlantic Charger ran into trouble September 21, started taking on water and later sank off Resolution Island, near Frobisher Bay. The crew of nine, which was fishing turbot at the time, abandoned ship and took to a life raft and were later picked up hours later by the Danish ship FV Pamiut, the Canadian military’s Joint Task Force Atlantic reported. Resolution Island lies at the mouth of Frobisher Bay, about 300 kilometres southeast of ...

Brothers to the Rescue

Graham Hancock decided to quit fishing for a living when cod was placed under a moratorium in 1992. The (then) 34-year old from Bide Arm, on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, only had a groundfish license and without cod, it would be impossible for him to make ends meet so he quit and took a job onshore. In his approximately 15 years fishing commercially, Graham never had a scary moment on the water but 20 years later, he came perilously close to drowning. On Sunday, November ...

TSB Concludes Unplugged Drain Hole Caused 2014 Sinking and Fatality

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) recently reported that a missing drain plug ultimately lead to the 2014 sinking of a Western Newfoundland fishing vessel, which claimed the life of one of the crew members. On June 26, 2014, the small fishing vessel Sea Serpent 25 took on water and capsized during fishing operations off Little Port Head on the west coast of Newfoundland. No distress call was made. The overturned vessel was sighted three hours later by a patrolling Department of ...

Crew of Atlantic Charger Safe After Vessel Takes on Water Near Frobisher Bay

The well-known Newfoundland-based fishing vessel Atlantic Charger ran into trouble Monday and started taking on water off Resolution Island, near Frobisher Bay. The crew of nine abandoned ship and took to a life raft and were later picked up by the Danish ship FV Paamiut, the Canadian military's Joint Task Force Atlantic reported. Resolution Island lies at the mouth of Frobisher Bay, about 300 kilometres southeast of Iqaluit. Initial reports from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre put ...

Fishing Vessel Catches Fire and Sinks at Cook’s Harbour Wharf

On September 18, 2015 at approximately 7 p.m., St. Anthony RCMP was dispatched to a complaint of a vessel fire at the Cook’s Harbour, N.L. Wharf. The Cook’s Harbour Fire Department and St. Anthony Fire Department were already on scene when police arrived. The 65-foot Fishing Vessel Sylvialyn II, had caught fire while docked at the wharf at approximately 5:30 p.m. that afternoon. The vessel was vacant at the time of the fire. Both Fire Departments continued efforts to extinguish the ...

Water Ingress Led to 2014 Capsizing of Fishing Vessel Near Little Port Head

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (M14A0289) into the capsizing of the small fishing vessel Sea Serpent 25 and subsequent loss of life in June 2014. Three crew members were rescued and one deceased crew member was recovered. On 26 June 2014, at approximately 0900 Atlantic Daylight Time, the small fishing vessel took on water and capsized during fishing operations off Little Port Head on the west coast of Newfoundland. No distress call ...

We’d Have Been Better Off Staying Home – Part III

On February 3, 2003 Irving Faulkner’s 22-foot speedboat capsized throwing all six men onboard into the frigid ocean near the shores of Offer Wadham Island on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Only one survived. Irving’s son, Dion Faulkner, made it to the ice-covered rocks and despite below-freezing temperatures and being soaked to the bone, he started walking to the opposite end of the island. Dion hoped that some fellow bird hunters would be there and could rescue him. Against incredi...