Search and rescue has found a missing fishing captain from a Mi’kmaw community who went overboard during his vessel’s journey back to harbour.
The missing captain was found at 2 p.m. Friday.
“Searchers had found personal effects floating on the water which enabled them to eventually find him,” said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in a tweet.
Lt.-Cmdr. Brian Owens, spokesman for the Halifax rescue co-ordination centre, said the captain was at the wheel of the vessel Miss Janet as it travelled from Shelburne to Saulnierville, but when one of the three crew awoke at 3:30 a.m. he was no longer there.
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families, friends, and community. His remains will now be transported ashore, transferred to the RCMP, and returned to his family,” JRCC said.
Sipekne’katik Chief Mike Sack has confirmed the man is from his First Nation and he thanked the search and rescue teams, private boat operators and commercial fishers in St. Marys Bay “who have graciously joined the effort to bring our brother home.”
The chief said the community is requesting “privacy and support” as it gets through the coming days.
-With files from The Canadian Press