No vessel, no debris found Friday

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An aerial photo of the area with the coordinates provided by local fishermen. PHOTO RELEASED BY RCMP

The RCMP said Friday evening that aircraft patrols throughout the morning and afternoon on Feb. 22 found no trace of the Miss Ally.

The RCMP says it received assistance Friday from the Department of National Defence and Canadian Coast Guard as part of the efforts to locate the Miss Ally. 

“Today, Joint Task Force Atlantic tasked an air surveillance mission to patrol an area in an attempt to visually spot any debris associated with the capsized fishing vessel Miss Ally,” reads a release issued to the media at 9:20 p.m. “The aircraft patrolled extensively throughout the morning and again this afternoon.”

The patrols lasted approximately five hours each and factored in drift calculations based on the known environmental influences, says the RCMP, “but regrettably found nothing.”

The start point for the patrol was a position requested by the families where the Miss Ally could have been located. Additional flights will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 23, to take advantage of weather conditions at sea.

The Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Sir William Alexander, arrived at 4 a.m. local time where the debris field was spotted on Feb. 21 and conducted a grid search of the area. 

As a result of today's search, the Canadian Coast Guard confirmed to RCMP that no debris from the Miss Ally was located, says the release issued by the RCMP.

The Sir William Alexander will remain in the area to continue searching the grid pattern until operations cease.

“I would like to thank our partners at the Department of National Defence and Canadian Coast Guard who have supported the RCMP in our effort to locate the Miss Ally. This has been an exhaustive collaborative effort involving multiple aircrafts, marine vessels and support and information from local fishers,” says RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise, District Policing Officer, Southwest Nova Scotia. “Having spent the last several days with the families and members of the community, I know what a tremendous loss this is for Woods Harbour. On behalf of RCMP and Department of National Defence and Canadian Coast Guard, we express our sincerest condolences to the families.”

The families have said that they feel the official search was called off too soon. The official search was called off on Tuesday, Feb. 19, but pressure from families and communities resulted in a resumption of search efforts, but not until Thursday. The families have also expressed anger and frustration that the capsized vessel was not searched after it had been located.

Organizations: RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard, Department of National Defence

Geographic location: Southwest Nova Scotia, Woods Harbour

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  • Su Rogers
    February 25, 2013 - 05:55

    Even though it was dirty and violent weather, I think the previous comments that that perhaps thing could have been handled differently in the crucial early days and the search prolonged - it's a hard thing to say and lay blame - if the efforts had gone into searching the hull immediately after it was spotted, maybe the story would have been different and perhaps not. We will never know - and that is what is so hard to take onboard now. However, I also know that accidents are accidents and it doesn't matter how many times a person reels the scenario through their head, the answer comes out the same. That is the very hard and sad truth that the persons are gone from this world and no amount of tears and pounding the table will ever bring them back. It is a miserable situation for everyone involved and devastating for the families and firends who will forever have to wonder if something different could have been accomplished out there by officials. It's rotten.and devastating.I wish them the grace of acceptance and peace in the future times after this heart wrenching loss.

  • DON MCGREGOR
    February 24, 2013 - 00:13

    Soo,much sadness,I am retired ,railway,train operations.,I Last fall.i toured nova Scotia,,alone,was fascinated,by how unique, the island is.I chatted,every day,as I wondered,the people ,every where,,fascinating,,friendly. I walked ,streets,boat docks ,everywhere,,,then realize,and thought about ,dangers,facing,mariners, I am 70, healthy,and ,time on my side,so return to the rocky mountains,began ,reading,so many library,books,of Mariners,,adventures,tradgedies,,and am so glad ,I ,spent ,, weeks in east coast,, now,so sad,and realize,how all tee families,recent accident,loss,5 men. I agree with 1. Point,,and thought about,as i watched,daaily t.v., the search operation,should have,included,quick, response,,1st sighting,of hull,to possible,recovery,of men,not waiting,waiting,till opions,forced,the ,finding of remaing hull,i am adamant,in opinion,as are most voices i have chatted to......thankyou.

  • matthew
    February 23, 2013 - 10:02

    We dont need to post insulting,discriminatory or innappropriate things you have already dont that yourselves by making us feel that decisions made where wrong and embarrasing yoursleves by not doing enough.The call should have not been called off so earlier.If it was one person from the coastguard that fell overboard and couldnt find them within the first 2 days it would have went on for at least a week.5 young men where lost at sea and you called it off withing the first 2 1/2 days,this tells us that maybe we have to be Govnt workers to be noticed.

  • Pamela Frost
    February 23, 2013 - 07:57

    I definitely think the search was called off too quick. They gave up on these men much too quickly.Even if they thought there was no chance of finding them alive they should have concentrated on bringing them home so the families could have had closure. If any of these men had been related to a government official do you think the search would have been given up so quickly? I think not.

  • FRED B. MORTON
    February 23, 2013 - 07:00

    My sincerest condolences to all the Families ,my heart is hurting along with yours. These young men will never be forgotten,that is the way it should be,remember the good times you all enjoyed.I to have salt water in my blood and as I look out over the water ,one can't help to think ..(what if)....... R.I P. young Fishermen...