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West Prince residents continue searching for missing P.E.I. fishermen

Joe Arsenault braces himself against his car as he peers through a scope out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence off of North Cape. He is one of hundreds of area residents who has been searching for two fishermen missing since their boat capsized Tuesday.
Joe Arsenault braces himself against his car as he peers through a scope out into the Gulf of St. Lawrence off of North Cape. He is one of hundreds of area residents who has been searching for two fishermen missing since their boat capsized Tuesday. - Eric McCarthy

Seeking closure for two West Prince families

NORTH CAPE, P.E.I. - There is no organized search taking place at North Cape today, but area residents are there, some walking the coastlines on either side of the point while others are driving the roads overlooking the cliffs and parking in small groups.

The wind was blowing hard at the cape Saturday afternoon, whipping up white caps and making it challenging to even stand along the cliffs.

Yet area residents continued to arrive and take a look. Everyone had the same desire, to find two P.E.I. fishermen who have beeen missing since Tuesday.

Glen DesRoches, captain of the Kyla Anne, and Moe Getson have been missing since the Kyla Anne took on water and sank just after crossing the North Cape reef Tuesday afternoon. The third member of the crew, Tanner Gaudet, made it to shore clinging to the cove of a fish tank and subsequently travelled two kilometers on foot to alert authorities to the sinking.

A search by air and sea was launched by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Tuesday evening and area fishing boats also joined in. That search was expanded on Wednesday to include more aircraft and ships, numerous fishing boats and P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue.

The JRCC called off its assets Wednesday evening and PEIGSAR suspended its efforts Thursday evening due to deteriorating conditions, but area residents and fishermen have continued to search since then.

Among the searches on the cape Saturday was Joe Arsenault, a relative of the captain. He said he, like all the other people who continue to make trips to the cape, just want closure for the families who are anxious to bring their loved ones home.

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