Rescued at sea

Rudy Norman
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Harbour Round crew rescued from sinking boat after hitting ice

A Harbour Round fisherman says he had no other choice but to try and fish in the dangerous and icy conditions he found himself in this week. However, the decision cost him his boat, and it could have been even higher — his and his crew’s lives.

Search and rescue crews save five crewmembers from the Baie Verte Peninsula off Round Harbour this week, after the ship apparently hit ice and sank. Lorne Fudge was the skipper and said the crew was fishing in the conditions because they felt they had no other choice with the lack of ice compensation from government.

Lorne Fudge said he and his four crew members were on his 40-foot boat 20 miles east of Round Harbour in Notre Dame Bay going through what he calls ‘soft ice.’

“We were going through a bit of soft ice there, I didn’t think there was anything to hurt, really,” he said. “But all of a sudden she split abroad in the front.”

Fudge, the skipper of the vessel, said his boat started taking on water quickly, and he and his crew immediately began making preparations to abandon ship.

“I sent the mayday out and got the response back, and then we got ready and knew we had to get out because she wasn’t going to last much longer,” he said. “She was going down.”

 

To read the full story check back on Thursday, or pick up the print edition of The Nor'wester

Geographic location: Round Harbour, Notre Dame Bay

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