Fishing vessel Miss Ally gets located

The RCMP joined by the Department of National Defence and Canadian Coast Guard are providing the following update: 

Today at 9:38 a.m. a Joint Task Force Atlantic tasked air surveillance mission spotted the hull of the over turned fishing vessel Miss Ally.
 
The Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Sir William Alexander, with two RCMP members onboard is currently on scene and the aircraft continues to maintain a visual sighting on the vessel.

Family members of the five missing men were updated by RCMP and Canadian Coast Guard representatives of this development.

The RCMP continues to support the families and the community of Woods Harbour.

Update: The RCMP joined by the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Coast Guard are providing the following update as of 6 p.m. local time: 

At approximately, 6 p.m. local time, the captain of a private fishing vessel, Slave Driver, communicated to the crew of the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel, the Sir William Alexander, that divers from the vessel went to the over-turned Miss Ally and they visually confirmed that no wheelhouse, or sleeping quarters were attached to the hull of the Miss Ally and that no bodies were located. 

In support of the RCMP, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Sir William Alexander, with two RCMP members onboard remains on scene to provide safety and security in the vicinity of the vessel.

RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise, District Policing Officer, Southwest Nova Scotia said,  “On behalf of RCMP and Department of National Defence and Canadian Coast Guard, we express our deepest sympathies to the families.”

The HMCS Glace Bay remains on route to the site of the Miss Ally, with augmentation from Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic). The ship is expected to arrive in the area overnight and will conduct a remotely operated vehicle underwater (ROV) assessment of the Miss Ally in the morning in an effort to gather more information and photos from the vessel. 
 
Joint Task Force Atlantic will continue to support the RCMP’s request for air surveillance and maintain air coverage of the scene until further notice. 

The RCMP continues to support the families and the community of Woods Harbour. 

Update: The RCMP joined by the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Coast Guard are providing the following update as of Noon local time:

This morning at 8:30 a.m. local time, in support of the RCMP, a remotely operated vehicle underwater (ROV) from HMCS Glace Bay entered the water and conducted an assessment of the over-turned hull of the Miss Ally. The ROV captured  imagery of the over-turned vessel to allow the Fleet Diving Unit to assess the situation. Upon reviewing the images the unit recommended that additional diving operations were not required.

The assessment confirmed the Miss Ally sustained significant damage. The wheelhouse and sleeping quarters were not attached to the vessel.

No bodies were located.

With the assessment complete, Joint Task Force Atlantic will conclude its air and water operations in support of the RCMP. HMCS Glace Bay will return to regular duties.

The Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Sir William Alexander has concluded its support to safety and security in the vicinity of the vessel and will resume normal operations. Two RCMP officers on board the vessel will return to port.

With the completion of air and water operations, the RCMP is concluding our activities on the ground in Woods Harbour.

While the operational phase is now concluded, the RCMP will continue to provide support to the families and the community members of Woods Harbour.

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