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Ground search area expanded for two missing Tignish, P.E.I. fishermen

P.E.I Ground Search and Rescue members receive instructions before heading out for theier shift. A large number of PEIGSAR volunteers re at North Cape heling to lead the search for two fishermen missing since Tuesday.
P.E.I Ground Search and Rescue members receive instructions before heading out for theier shift. A large number of PEIGSAR volunteers re at North Cape heling to lead the search for two fishermen missing since Tuesday. - Eric McCarthy

NORTH CAPE, P.E.I. - A ground search continues Sept. 20 along both coasts stretching from North Cape in an ongoing effort to find two fishermen from Tignish.

The men, Glen DesRoches and Moe Getson were aboard DesRoches’ fishing boat, the Kyla Anne, when it sank in heavy seas off of North Cape Tuesday afternoon. A third member of the crew, 22-year-old Tanner Gaudet, made it to shore near North Cape and then travelled approximately two kilometers on foot to alert authorities to the tragedy.

Related: Coast guard ends search for two P.E.I. fishermen missing off North Cape

Searchers walk the rugged shoreline at North Cape on Thursday, looking for two fishermen who have been missing since their fishing vessel sank on Tuesday.
Searchers walk the rugged shoreline at North Cape on Thursday, looking for two fishermen who have been missing since their fishing vessel sank on Tuesday.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax reported Wednesday evening that it was calling off its search. “Unfortunately, no sign of the two fishermen was found and given that the search had gone on for approximately three times the survivability period for two people in the water without floatation devices, the difficult decision was made to end the search,” Major Mark Gough advised.

Gough said the incident has been handed over to the RCMP in P.E.I. as a missing persons case.

Related: Survivor swims to shore, walks two kilometres for help after fishing boat goes down off North Cape, P.E.I.

Cpl Al Vincent with Prince District RCMP was at North Cape Thursday as incident commander with P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue. He said PEIGSAR volunteers are still walking the shorelines, covering the same area they visited numerous times on Wednesday. He explained the repeated searches are necessary due to the changing tides. They had walked the shoreline and cliffs from North Cape to Seacow Pond on the north shore and from North Cape to Skinners Pond on the south shore Wednesday and were planning on covering those sections and going even further Thursday. Some searches carried rods for prodding into the piles of seaweed that lined some sections of beach.

Area residents continued to walk the beaches, too, and scan the water and the shoreline from the rugged cliffs.

Related: West Prince comes together as search continues for missing fishermen

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