A 59-year-old fisherman is dead after falling overboard Thursday when his boat was hit by a powerful wave.

 

The accident happened at White Point, near Main-a-Dieu.

 

Const. Danny Lewis of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service said the man was rescued by another fishing vessel traveling in the area and taken to the dock in Louisbourg.

 

Emergency Health Services and an ambulance were waiting for the man as he was taken to shore. The man was pronounced dead at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney at 2:40 p.m.

Lewis said a small rescue craft was also dispatched from the Canadian Coast Guard station in nearby Louisbourg.