There were calls for an inquiry yesterday after three men died following a Canadian Coast Guard rescue mission that went terribly wrong early Saturday morning. A fourth man is missing and presumed dead.
Six Quebecois seal hunters from Iles-de-la-Madeleine were aboard L’Acadien II off the coast of Cape Breton just after midnight Saturday when they reported steering problems as a result of heavy pack ice.
Canadian Coast Guard ice breaker, Sir William Alexander, was towing the fishing trawler to safety when it hit a large chunk of ice, tipped on its side and capsized.
Two sealers were rescued and three bodies recovered.
Divers did not find the body of a sixth hunter after an extensive search of the area and efforts were called off around 6 p.m. Saturday.

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