A Royal Canadian Air Force CH-149 Cormorant helicopter aircrew from 14 Wing Greenwood, in Nova Scotia, Canada, hoisted six crewmembers from the vessel and dropped off two search and rescue technicians to assist in dewatering the vessel. A Canadian CC-130 Hercules, also from 14 Wing Greenwood, provided top cover for the operation.
The U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawkaircrews hoisted another 21 fishermen between the two rescue helicopters. All hoisted crewmembers were taken to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where they were transferred for medical assessment.
The remaining four crewmembers, and the two SAR technicians ceased dewatering efforts and were transferred to the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Roger shortly after 7 a.m., March 3. The Atlantic Destiny completely sank at 9:36 a.m. that morning.