Fisherman Missing At Sea in NS: Hope dwindles

Authorities have little hope of finding the captain of a fishing vessel that ran aground near the northeastern coast of Nova Scotia alive on Tuesday.

The captain refused to leave his boat, Fisherman’s Provider II, when he hit a shoal about 4 kilometers off Canso.

The four fishermen on board launched a distress signal and a nearby fishing vessel, Miss Lexi, was able to rescue the three crew members.

Captain Roger Stoddard did not want to abandon his ship, according to Marc Ouellette of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Coast Guard vessels cruised the edge of the boat in distress for the next 24 hours, but no one was able to board Fisherman’s Provider II because the sea was too strong.

There was, however, no sign of life on board, reports Marc Ouellette.

The captain refused to leave his boat, Fisherman’s Provider II, when he hit a shoal about 4 kilometers off Canso.

The four fishermen on board launched a distress signal and a nearby fishing vessel, Miss Lexi, was able to rescue the three crew members.

Captain Roger Stoddard did not want to abandon his ship, according to Marc Ouellette of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Coast Guard vessels cruised the edge of the boat in distress for the next 24 hours, but no one was able to board Fisherman’s Provider II because the sea was too strong.

There was, however, no sign of life on board, reports Marc Ouellette.

A “missing person” file

Active searches were dropped and the file forwarded to the RCMP as a missing person case. A Coast Guard vessel remained near the wreckage on Thursday night to assess the risks to the environment.

A friend of the deceased, Steve Goreham, believes that efforts to find Roger Stoddard have been insufficient.

A Coast Guard vessel remained nearby all night, but no one wanted to board the ship. It makes me angry because this man [Roger Stoddard] may still be alive.

Steve Goreham, friend of the missing fisherman
A Cormorant helicopter was able to land on the sandbank near the wreck Thursday and rescuers were able to approach, despite the rough sea, but saw no sign of the missing.

It is unclear why Roger Stoddard refused to leave his boat with the crew.

The rescued fishermen confirmed that he did not want to accompany them in a liferaft.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada dispatched a team to the scene.

Sage VanVleet

Sage VanVleet was born and raised in Fredericton. He has written for Billboard, The Prague Post, Passport Magazine, The Hartford Courant and Business Insurance Weekly, In regards to academics, Sage earn his BBA from Mcmaster in Hamilton. Sage covers business and economy stories here at Nova Scotia Today..

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