May 25th, 2024

Five crew rescued after mussel boat runs aground off Prince Edward Island

By The Canadian Press on May 13, 2024.

MALPEQUE BAY, P.E.I. – Five crew members of a mussel fishing boat that ran aground in rough seas off Prince Edward Island’s North Shore are safe after they were rescued by firefighters.

RCMP say no injuries were reported following the rescue carried out with the use of a Zodiac boat from the New London Fire Company off Malpeque Harbour earlier today.

New London firefighter Jonathan Gillis says his department received a call requesting assistance around 8:50 a.m. from the Kensington, P.E.I., fire department.

Gillis says his department used its inflatable boat to get to the mussel boat, which was stranded on a sandbar and taking on water.

He says the seas were so rough that the grounded boat was swamped and the five crew members had to stand on the roof of the vessel until they were picked up.

Gillis says the rescue boat was able to get everyone safely back to the harbour, despite also taking on some water in the rough conditions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2024.

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