One man is dead after a fishing vessel ran aground on an island near Cox’s Cove in the Bay of Islands Tuesday morning.
The Corner Brook RCMP issued a news release late in the afternoon saying the incident was reported at around 6:45 a.m.
The vessel, carrying a crew of eight based out of the Curling area of Corner Brook, was said to have run aground on Eagle Island.
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Fox, from Lark Harbour, attended the scene, along with local fishers.
The Maritime Rescue Sub-Center in St. John’s also tasked a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter from Gander to respond, but due to the speed in which local fishers assisted the distressed vessel, it was stood down before launching.
The crew owas taken onto another vessel and transported from the scene. The remaining crew members were not injured.
The news release does not provide any other details about the deceased crew member.
The investigation is continuing and police say Transport Canada, Service NL’s Occupational Health and Safety Division and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are involved.