By Nick Moase
A Queens County fisherman who fell in the water on March 3 has died in hospital.
Queens RCMP said Stephen Darin Hanson, 42, fell into the water on Monday off the coast of South West Port Mouton shortly before 8:30 a.m.
Although he was pulled back into the boat almost immediately and his fellow fishermen rushed him back to the wharf in Port Mouton, he was unresponsive when paramedics and Liverpool firefighters arrived at the scene and CPR was administered.
A Cormorant helicopter from 413 Squadron in Greenwood was dispatched and on the scene by 9:30 a.m. and took him to CFB Shearwater, where he was transferred to hospital in critical condition.
He died later that evening.
Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan is sending condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the fisherman.
"I can't imagine how this man's loved ones must be feeling, and my thoughts are with them during this extremely difficult time," said Regan. "I want to assure this family that we will help find answers as to why this happened."
The Department of Labour and Advanced Education's occupational health and safety division is investigating. The RCMP are also investigating but do not suspect foul play.
In 2013, 34 Nova Scotians died at work.
This is the first workplace fatality in the fishing industry this year.