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Two adults dead but girls survive after boat capsizes near Rigolet in Labrador

Search and rescue technicians hoisted by a Cormorant helicopter during a Canada-United States coast guard ceremony in Halifax, 2013.
Search and rescue technicians hoisted by a Cormorant helicopter during a Canada-United States coast guard ceremony in Halifax, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

A man and woman have died after an open boat capsized northeast of Rigolet, N.L., on Tuesday evening.

Two pre-teen girls on-board were found alive wearing life jackets, sitting on top of the overturned boat when rescuers arrived.

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Christa-Lee Cole of the Canadian Coast Guard in St. John’s said RCMP called the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax to report a boat taking on water at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The boat had been about 38 kilometres northeast of Rigolet in Groswater Bay on the Labrador coast.

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Two search and rescue vessels, two helicopters, a Hercules airplane, a Canadian Coast Guard vessel and a fisheries vessel were on scene for the search that lasted through the night.

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One body was found Tuesday night and the second body was recovered early Wednesday morning, Cole said.

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