Transportation Safety Board investigating sinking of fishing boat off Yarmouth

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By Tina Comeau

PUBNICO, N.S. – A Yarmouth County boat sank on the February holiday.

The fishing vessel Don Cadegan. This photo was taken in early February when the vessel was fishing on Georges Bank. PHOTO COURTESY OF WAYNE D'ENTREMONT
The fishing vessel Don Cadegan. This photo was taken in early February when the vessel was fishing on Georges Bank. PHOTO COURTESY OF WAYNE D’ENTREMONT

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating the Feb. 15 sinking of the fishing vessel that occurred off Yarmouth.

The TSB is sending a team of investigators to Pubnico, Yarmouth County, which was the home port of the fish dragger Don Cadegan.

According to the TSB, the Don Cadegan ran aground and subsequently sank on Monday. The TSB said the three-person crew was picked up by another fishing vessel.

When contacted by the Vanguard, the owner of the Don Cadegan said he did not know a lot of details, but said everyone on board the vessel at the time of the incident had been safely picked up by another vessel.

The vessel ran aground near Murder Island, one of the islands in the Tusket Islands chain. From the Pinkney’s Point wharf late Monday, albeit a distance away, the riggings of the fish dragger were visible from shore.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre says it was not contacted about the incident when it happened on Monday and says therefore it does not have a report of the occurrence.

A Transportation Safety Board spokesperson said the TSB would have more details to provide later after its investigators know more about what happened.

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