Rescue crews responding to fishing vessel taking on water off Nova Scotia coast | CBC News

Emergency crews are evacuating crew members from a fishing vessel that twice caught fire and was taking on water off the Nova Scotia coast Tuesday night.

A CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter has started removing some of the 32 crew members from the Atlantic Destiny, according to Lt.-Cmdr. Brian Owens, a spokesperson for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC).

The ship has lost power and is adrift about 120 nautical miles south of Yarmouth, N.S., in heavy seas. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

All fires are out, but the ship is still taking on water, Owens said.

A small crew is remaining aboard the vessel “to control the water coming into the vessel,” the JRCC said.

The Atlantic Destiny is based in Riverport, N.S., and is part of the fleet owned by Ocean Choice International of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Generator power has been restored to the vessel.

Crew to be flown to Yarmouth, N.S.

A CC130 Hercules from CFB Greenwood, a fisheries patrol vessel and two U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are also responding.

JRCC said all crew evacuated from the ship will be flown to Yarmouth, N.S. Another fishing, the Lahave, is near the Atlantic Destiny and is standing by to assist.

The master of the Atlantic Destiny called the JRCC to report the fire at 8 p.m. AT.

High seas and strong winds

In a 10:55 p.m. tweet, JRCC reported the Atlantic Destiny was adrift in eight-metre seas and winds of 55 knots.

In March 2017, the Atlantic Destiny suffered a catastrophic engine failure that caused the ship to lose power.

A year later, a Transportation Safety Board report blamed the failure on a combination of maintenance gaps, a broken emergency stop mechanism and the actions of an inexperienced crew member.


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