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Joel Hopkins is one of five fishermen that have been lost at sea since their boat capsized on Sunday.
Father to one of the fishermen lost at sea described his son as a ladies man.
“He’s a good looking kid,” he said with a bit of a chuckle. “And he would give you the shirt off his back.”
George Hopkins son, Joel Hopkins is only 27-years old and married with two children.
He always wanted to be a fisherman like his dad since he was a young child.
“Joel has been fishing since he was seven or eight years old,” said Hopkins. “He always wanted to be off shore.”
George Hopkins last spoke to the captain, Katlin Nickerson just minutes before the boat capsized.
“I talked to him at 10:15 p.m. on Sunday night,” he said.
“They were having trouble with their invertor that operated the crab light…that would have helped them see where they were going.”
He said there were three or four calls to shore placed after that before it all went silent.
A life raft was spotted the next morning by a US Coast Guard aircraft via a flare but high winds and swells reaching 10 metres impeded their ability to do anything.
After an extensive search officials at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre made the difficult decision to end the search at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.
“It hurts to know they called it off,” said Hopkins. “We know why but it hurts.”
He now wants the boat that he has been told is located, searched.
“There could be bodies in there,” he said. “We need to know if there are bodies in the boat.”
He said that he was told that officials believed the life raft spotted did not have anyone onboard.
“They said that’s why they couldn’t find it again,” said Hopkins. “Because there was no one in it, it would have floated around with no weight to slow it down.”
“It’s up to Ottawa to get the right equipment to the boat to flip it over,” he said. “We need them to do that now.”
He said that friends and family of Joel were filling up his home.
“Joel’s full of life,” he said. “I like to be able to talk about him…it helps to talk.”