Search continues for captain of missing Mi’kmaq fishing boat in southwest Nova Scotia

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The search continues Friday off southwestern Nova Scotia for a missing fishing captain from a Mi’kmaq community who fell overboard during his ship’s return trip to port.

Lieutenant-Cmdr. Brian Owens, spokesman for the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Halifax, said the search began about an hour after the man went missing around 4 a.m. Thursday.

He says the search included the use of a Cormorant helicopter which scanned the coastline around Yarmouth for any signs of the missing man.

Owens says the 54-year-old captain was at the wheel of the ship Miss Janet as it traveled from Shelburne to Saulnierville, but when one of the three crew members woke up at 3.30am he was no longer the.

Owens says the weather was fairly calm at the time of the incident and the crew had reported no mechanical difficulties.

Officials say they don’t know what clothes the captain was wearing when he went overboard.

A spokeswoman for the Sipekne’katik First Nation said in an interview that the person was from the community about 65 kilometers north of Halifax, but she had no further details.

“We are focused on supporting our community at this time,” Chief Mike Sack of the Sipekne’katik First Nation said in a statement.

The chief says the community is asking for “privacy and support” over the next few days.

JRCC, the Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Air Force are all searching for the missing fisherman using the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Clarks Harbour, CCGS Corporal Teather, CH 149 Cormorant helicopter, CH 130 aircraft Hercules and a PAL aircraft that is under contract with the Canadian Armed Forces.

The search began between 5 and 6 a.m. Thursday when the PAL aircraft arrived at the scene.

The JRCC says ‘Miss Janet’ has been escorted to Yarmouth by the Coast Guard and all those remaining on board are safe.

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