September 11, 2018 11:00 am
Updated: September 11, 2018 2:39 pm

Marine Atlantic ferry pulls three people out of waters off N.L. after fishing vessel catches fire

The MV Leif Ericson. seen here in a photo from Marine Atlantic, helped rescue three crew members from a fishing vessel who were in the water Monday night.

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Crew on board a Marine Atlantic ferry pulled three fishing crew members from the waters off Port aux Basques, N.L., after their vessel caught fire Monday night.

The 45-foot fishing vessel, Sulia’n, was reportedly on fire at around 8:30 p.m.

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According to Marine Atlantic spokesperson Darrell Mercer, the MV Leif Ericson was contacted by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre at about 10 p.m. regarding a vessel in distress about 50 nautical miles south of Port aux Basques. A Canadian Coast Guard ship, a Canadian Armed Forces Cormorant helicopter, and a Hercules aircraft were also dispatched.

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The Leif Ericson, which was en route from North Sydney, N.S., was the closest vessel to respond.

“Upon their arrival, the fishing vessel and its life raft were both engulfed in flames. The three crew members from the fishing vessel were in the water,” Mercer said in an e-mail.

The fire on the fishing vessel could not be extinguished, and the vessel was left behind.

A photo of what the crew of the MV Leif Ericson saw when they arrived at the scene.

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The Leif Ericson, with the three fishermen on board, made its way to Port aux Basques. Of the three crew members rescued, one was taken to hospital for examination and released.

Mercer says the three fishermen then travelled on the Leif Ericson back to North Sydney on Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Maritime Forces Atlantic says the last view of the Sulia’n was that it was still on fire and adrift. The Canadian Coast Guard will conduct an environmental response to the vessel and the Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

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