A ‘Gentle Giant’: Shelburne fisherman dies at sea

A fisherman who fell from a fishing boat into the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Sable late Saturday afternoon has died. Shelburne resident Jim Buchanan, 44, was described by friend Krista Peterson on social media as “a gentle man gone too soon and missed by many.” His friends and family called him “the Gentle Giant” or “Big Jim.” The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax said Buchanan, on board the Secret Sea, was laying lobster traps about 25 nautical miles south east of Cape Sable when he went overboard around 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The JRCC asked the Canadian Coast Guard to assist, and they brought him into West Head on Cape Sable. Harbourmaster Dick Crowell said an ambulance was there to provide medical assistance, but Buchanan had already died. The boat is owned by Harding Lobster Ltd. of Shelburne. Captain Audie Harding said he and his crew are still struggling to understand what happened to their friend. Read the story here 09:07

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