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USCG, Canadian CG and RCAF rescue 31 fishermen from sinking vessel off Nova Scotia

USCG, Canadian CG and RCAF rescue 31 fishermen from sinking vessel off Nova Scotia
Archive image: An MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts sits ready to respond June 12, 2015. The air station has four Jayhawks for their missions.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell.

BOSTON— The USCG, Canadian Coast Guard and RCAF rescue 31 fishermen from a disabled, Canadian fishing vessel over 130 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tuesday night.

At 7:05 p.m., Tuesday, the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Halifax notified watchstanders at the Coast Guard First District Command Center that the 143-foot vessel, Atlantic Destiny, was disabled with a fire on board, and was taking on water.​

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircrew, and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrews launched and arrived on scene.

USCG, Canadian CG and RCAF rescue 31 fishermen from sinking vessel off Nova Scotia
Archve image: a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft flies near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Friday, June 27, 2014. The Ocean Sentry has the capability to perform aerial delivery of search and rescue equipment such as rafts, pumps, and flares, and it can serve as an on-scene commander platform for homeland security missions.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aux. Michael Dubin.

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 Jayhawk helicopter aircrews hoisted another 21 fishermen between the two helicopters. All hoisted crewmembers were taken to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where they were transferred for medial 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. Wednesday morning. The Atlantic Destiny sank to the bottom at 9:36 a.m.

USCG, Canadian CG and RCAF rescue 31 fishermen from sinking vessel off Nova Scotia
Archive image: A Royal Canadian Air Force CH-149 Cormorant helicopter lifts off and heads out to Eielson Airfield during a search and rescue exercise in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 31, 2013.
Photo: Master Cpl. Patrick Blanchard, Canadian Forces Combat Camera.

“We have a strong connection with our Canadian partners,” said Capt. Wes Hester, the 1st Coast Guard District chief of response. “We conduct joint training every year with our partners in Greenwood, and our crew’s consistent training, coordinated responses, and international partnership saved 31 lives yesterday. That monumental effort is a testament to the hard work and sacrifice of everyone involved.”

“We were very fortunate to have had the support of the U.S. Coast Guard during this rescue. Their ability to provide such valuable support in the saving of the lives of these fishermen is very much appreciated and demonstrates how important our relationship is in providing search and rescue services to both Canada and the United States.” Maj. Kristin MacDonald, Officer in Charge, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax.

USCG, Canadian CG and RCAF rescue 31 fishermen from sinking vessel off Nova Scotia
Archive image: A Royal Canadian Air Force C-130J taxis to parking spot in order to offload cargo during Green Flag 16-04, Feb. 17, 2016, at the Geronimo Landing Zone on Fort Polk, La. Approximately 50 Canadians and two of their C-130Js participated in the large-scale, joint air mobility exercise.
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel.

The weather on scene was 35 mph winds and 26-foot seas.

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U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk crews assisted the Royal Canadian Air Force with the rescue of the crew of Atlantic Destiny, 143-foot Canadian commercial fishing vessel 115 nautical miles south of Nova Scotia, Canada, March 3, 2021. All 31 crew members onboard were safely rescued and no injuries were reported.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Briana Carter.

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