Tragically, No bodies found in capsized N.S. fishing boat F/V Miss Ally – Slave Driver skipper says wheelhouse and quarters gone.

Updated Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:56 p.m. AT

WOODS HARBOUR, N.S. – Hours after police confirmed the military spotted the hull  of the Miss Ally intact, the community of Woods Harbour, N.S. is devastated to  learn five young fishermen were not found inside the capsized  vessel.
Divers aboard a private fishing boat that went to search  for the overturned boat and its crew members, surveyed the vessel and found it  was extensively damaged.
Global’s Erin Trafford went to a local community  hall, where people are said to be in tears after hearing the new  information.
RCMP confirmed the latest development, saying the captain of  the Slave Driver contacted the Canadian Coast Guard vessel in the area, the Sir  William Alexander, to say the Miss Ally’s wheelhouse and sleeping quarters were  not attached to the overturned hull.  Read it on Global News

February 23, 2013, Halifax, Nova Scotia…

The RCMP joined by the Department of NationalDefence (DND) and Canadian Coast Guard are providing the following update as of 6 p.m. localtime:At approximately, 6 p.m. local time, the captain of a private fishing vessel, SlaveDriver, communicated to the crew of the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel, the Sir WilliamAlexander, that divers from the vessel went to the over-turned Miss Ally and they visuallyconfirmed that no wheelhouse, or sleeping quarters were attached to the hull of the MissAlly and that no bodies were located.In support of the RCMP, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Sir William Alexander, with twoRCMP members onboard remains on scene to provide safety and security in the vicinity of thevessel.RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise, District Policing Officer, Southwest Nova Scotiasaid,
“On behalf of RCMP and Department of National Defence and Canadian Coast Guard, we
express our deepest sympathies to the
families.”
The HMCS Glace Bay remains on route to the site of the Miss Ally, with augmentation fromFleet Diving Unit (Atlantic). The ship is expected to arrive in the area overnight and will conducta remotely operated vehicle underwater (ROV) assessment of the Miss Ally in the morning in aneffort to gather more information and photos from the vessel.Joint Task Force Atlantic will continue to support the RCMP’s request for air surveillance andmaintain air coverage of the scene until further notice.The RCMP continues to support the families and the community of Woods Harbour.-30-

 

Local dive teams found no bodies inside the hull of the Miss Ally, the boat that capsized off the coast of Nova Scotia last Sunday in rough weather with five fishermen on board, CBC News has learned. Local fisherman Sandy Stoddard said the dive crew searched the hull, but came up empty handed. He said the vessel is badly damaged. Police are sending HMCS Glace Bay with the Fleet Diving Unit and a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to help search the site. Read here

Coast Guard at scene of capsized N.S. fishing boat cnbcnews

The Coast Guard has reached the Miss Ally, the boat that capsized off the coast of Nova Scotia last Sunday in rough weather with five fishermen on board and those at the scene are now trying to determine the safest way to examine it, according to police. cnbcnews here

Big risks for divers on capsized boat –expert

An open ocean dive underneath the capsized Miss Ally would be risky, but could be accomplished with the right equipment, says a commercial diving expert. Shawn MacPhail, the operations manager of Dominion Diving, Canada’s largest diving company, said divers would be in extreme danger underneath or inside the vessel until it was stabilized. Read more