P.E.I. fisherman rescued after boat catches fire

Eric McCarthy
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The Something Different with captain Robbie Cooke and crew sails out of Howard’s Cove Monday morning. Earlier Monday Cooke sailed his boat to the rescue of a Tignish area fisherman who abandoned his burning vessel off of West Point.

HOWARDS COVE – A Tignish fisherman pulled the engine box off his burning boat and used it as a raft while he waited to be rescued early this morning off of West Point.

The fisherman, Adam Gaudet, was alone in his boat when it caught fire. He had left overnight from Murray Corner, N.B., where he had a fall lobster gear, to sail his boat home to P.E.I. for the winter.

Around 4:30 a.m. Gaudet contacted Coast Guard to report his boat, Rather Have Ruffles, was on fire.

Howard’s Cove fisherman Robbie Cooke, was contacted shortly before 5 a.m. and sailed out with four O’Leary firefighters and auxiliary Coast Guard member Floyd Cook on board.

“He was on the phone the whole time with 911, sitting in his engine box,” Cooke said in describing Gaudet’s predicament. “He flipped his engine box upside down. He was half a mile from his boat, floating in the engine box.”

Besides his cellphone, Cooke said Gaudet had two life jackets, a flare kit and a plastic shovel with him. He was using the shovel as a paddle.

The stranded fisherman advised Coast Guard he would fire off a flare once the rescue boat came in view.

“We got a beat on him, and sailed right to him,” Cooke reported, subsequently locating him with the aid of the boat’s searchlight.

“I didn’t even have to leave the wheel,” Cooke said. “They wrestled him right on board.”

Organizations: Rescue Co

Geographic location: Egmont Bay, Halifax, Cape

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  • Bewildered Here
    November 19, 2012 - 12:50

    Way back in the Olden Days :)... the boys from Murray River, sailed their boats from North Lake back to 'River' wharf, in the daylight... with a few other vessels around. They recruited friends to bring their vehicles home for them. This, was a very smart way to travel... not Alone at 4:30 a.m. from Province to Province. I do believe, they all carried fire extinguishers as well. Just sayin'! Glad all are safe on land.

  • intobed
    November 19, 2012 - 11:04

    A fire on your boat while you are alone and at sea in the darkness is a terrifying thing. I am glad the rescue system worked so well, and that Adam is ok. Thanks to all the people who made this rescue a success.

  • snow job
    November 19, 2012 - 10:01

    Sounds like everything went according to plan!!!!!! just saying!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Whatever
    November 19, 2012 - 10:00

    Who really cares just as long as hes safe and sound? Kudos to the men on board Something Different

  • Marie
    November 19, 2012 - 09:42

    Whoever saved him....he's safe and can go home... a "good news" story.