Eleven sealers were safe and uninjured yesterday after two vessels were lost in separate incidents off the coast of Newfoundland, CanWest News Service reported.
A rescue off the province’s northeast coast Monday plucked five sealers from an ice floe after their boat, the Lacey May, burst into flames just east of the town of Catalina.
A spokeswoman for the Department of National Defence Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre told CanWest a search and rescue helicopter found the sealers fairly easily.
A small fishing vessel and a fixed-wing plane were also dispatched to the scene. By the time help arrived, the Lacey may had been engulfed in flames.
In a second incident on the same day, six sealers just managed to escape from their 15-metre vessel, the B.S. Venture, before it ran into the rocks on the west coast of Newfoundland. The crew abandoned ship in a smaller speedboat and made it safely to shore.
11 sealers safe after rescue
Eleven sealers were safe and uninjured yesterday after two vessels werelost in separate incidents off the coast of Newfoundland, CanWest NewsService reported.