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Search for fishermen continues despite rough seas

<p>The search for two men off the coast of Prospect continued throughout last night, but was hampered by rough seas and fog. <br /></p>


The search for two men off the coast of Prospect continued throughout last night, but was hampered by rough seas and fog.

Gerald Blackburn, 62, and his son Gerry Blackburn, 30, were last seen on their fishing boat yesterday morning off the coast of Prospect. They were headed out in their 25-foot lobster boat at 6:45 a.m.

The Canadian Coast Guard was advised at 10 a.m. the vessel’s return was overdue.

Floating debris from the boat was located near Shannon Island at about 10:50 a.m.

RCMP say both men had access to immersion suits, which are designed to prevent hypothermia in cold water. Two Canadian Coast Guard ships, three Navy helicopters, RCMP and local fishing vessels searched for the pair all day yesterday.

Last night, local search and rescue workers assisted, combing the shoreline as kayakers and the Halifax regional fire services were also on hand to help.

 
 
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