Five fishermen rescued from sinking boat off southwestern Nova Scotia

Published on December 4, 2015

The Coast Guard Cutter was the escort for the Three Rascals back to port after five lobster fishermen were rescued off southwestern Nova Scotia on Thursday night, Dec. 2.

CLARKS HARBOUR -Five lobster fishermen were rescued off southwestern Nova Scotia after their vessel began taking on water on Thursday night, Dec. 3.

Search and rescue officials received a Mayday call from the fishing vessel Sarah Elizabeth, which was fishing near Clarks Harbour around 7:30 p.m.

Canadian Coast Guard spokesperson Steve Bornais said the boat was about six nautical miles from the West Head Wharf when the incident occurred.

Bornais said the fishermen were rescued by the crew of the fishing vessel Three Rascals before search and rescue assets could respond.

The fishing vessel was then escorted by to port by the Coast Guard cutter Clarks Harbour.

On Monday, the first day of the season, a 53-year-old Cape Breton fisherman died after he fell into the water from the boat he was working on. In a separate incident that day two other fishermen also fell overboard off southwestern Nova Scotia but were rescued.