CHETICAMP — Four fishermen were rescued after their boat sank offshore near Cheticamp on Thursday.
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax received a distress call from the crew of the Lady Angele at about 2:40 p.m. The vessel was located about 15 kilometres southwest of Cheticamp and was taking on water.
Capt. Doug Kierstead, public affairs officer with the centre, said the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Pointe Caveau in Cheticamp as well as a coast guard auxiliary vessel were dispatched to the scene. A Cormorant helicopter from 14 Wing Greenwood in the Annapolis Valley was also dispatched as a precaution, but wasn’t needed.
The captain and crew were rescued in a life raft less than an hour after the distress call was put out. Kierstead said he wasn’t aware of any injuries sustained as a result.
“We were quite pleased that there was a successful outcome and we were able to retrieve these gentlemen safe and sound and get them back to Cheticamp,” he said.
The boat sank shortly after rescue crews arrived on scene.