Dumping day from the Cape Forchu Lighthouse

Carla Allen
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It's been a tradition for several years - the early morning gathering at the Cape Forchu Lighthouse for the departure of the Yarmouth harbour lobster fishing fleet on the first day of the season.

Fishermen had an extra day of watching and waiting this year as the start was delayed one day due to a forecast of gale-force winds for yesterday.

A continental breakfast was a popular offering at the lighthouse for a donation to the Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society.The crowd at the lighthouse began to build as 6 a.m. drew closer.

At 5:45, Reverend Bill Newell blessed the fishermen via VHF radio and CJLS. The foghorn sounded at 6 a.m. and the heavily-laden boats surged towards the fishing grounds.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, several incidents involving boats or fishermen were reported.

A fisherman who fell overboard around 17 nautical miles south of Digby was retreived within five minutes by the crew and transported to the Yarmouth hospital by Cormorant helicopter. A vessel also reported taking on water through a hatch. A Cormorant dropped a pump and the boat was able to proceed on its own power. Click here for the story related to these incidents.

In Port Maitland, a fishing vessel loaded with traps sank at the entry to the Port Maitland Wharf. The sinking delayed the start of the fishery there by 40 minutes. Click here for story.


Organizations: Yarmouth Light Society, Yarmouth Hospital

Geographic location: Cape Forchu, Port Maitland, Digby

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