Sunday, March 30, 2008

Seven Quebec Sealers Rescued After Ship Sinks

Seven sailors who abandoned their vessel as it sank in ice-filled waters off Cape Breton have been rescued. They were rescued the same day another ship capsized, leaving three sealers dead and another missing. The navy says the sailors from the Annie Marie were rescued by a Cormorant search-and-rescue helicopter around 4 p.m. today, 20 kilometres northeast of Cape North, N.S.
Sailors remove equipment from the sealing boat F/V Annie Marie as it takes in water off the coast of Cape Breton, N.S.
They left their 17-metre wooden boat as it took on water, and then waited on the pack ice for help. The sailors were being transported to Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Que, where they live. The navy's news release didn't say what type of vessel the sailors were on, but seal hunting supplies can be seen in a picture of the sailors leaving the boat. The Annie Marie ran into trouble in the same frigid waters where the sealing vessel L'Acadien II capsized overnight, leaving three sealers dead and another missing.

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