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Lobster vessel runs aground on Shelburne County coastline


CHARLESVILLE, N.S. —

The lobster fishing vessel Norwegian Nightmare sustained minimal damage after going aground on the Charlesville coastline around 4 a.m. on May 10 while on its way in from the fishing grounds.

The mishap occurred just a few kilometers from the vessel’s home port of Lower East Pubnico.

T&T Ocean Rescue was tasked with removing the vessel from its rocky berth.

“We pumped the fuel out, put floatation underneath, had the tractors and excavators there to hold her in place while she was getting floated and basically towed it off when the tide came up,” said company spokesman Kurby Malone.

The vessel was towed to a nearby slipway for inspection, said Malone, and will only require a few minor repairs before being back on the water.

“Everything went smooth,” said Malone. “There was minimal damage to the boat.”

There’s just three weeks left in the southwestern Nova Scotia lobster fishery. The season opened in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34 on Dec. 1, 2018 after a five-day weather delay and will close on May 31.

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