Skipper of fishing vessel that caught fire feared he would never see family again

When the crew of the Challenger Traveler left on a crab fishing trip Friday morning, the last thing they expected to do was end the day clinging to safety on a raft in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. 4 people safely rescued after abandoning fishing vessel off St. John’s But after the 63-foot fishing vessel caught fire about 160 kilometres outside St. John’s, the four men on board — captain Stan Bennett, his brother Derwin Bennett, cousin Kevin Hewitt and Derek Nichol — had no other choice but to call mayday and abandon ship. >click to read<18:38

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