Marc Ouellette, Regional Supervisor, says the boat’s captain elected to stay on board when rescue crews arrived to help, and rescued the other three members on the boat at about 9 p.m. Tuesday night; they have not been able to locate the captain since.
He says the call came in at about 8 p.m.; local auxiliary volunteers and some additional vessels arrived on scene to assist.
Ouellette tells The Hawk they’re investigating.
“Since then, we’ve been maintaining coverage on scene with volunteers, Coast Guard vessels,” he says. “We’ve had a flight overhead as well and we have not been able to confirm his condition or whether or not he’s still on board.”
RCMP say their underwater recovery team is also responding along with DFO officials.
Ouellette says the vessel is currently very low in the water and is slowly moving away from the shoal into deeper water with the swell.
He says they’ve had an issue getting assets on scene because of the proximity of the shoal.
Ouellette says they hope to be able to respond directly on scene at the vessel to investigate the condition on board.
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