Minister calls for search to resume (10/02/22)

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Feb. 22, 2010

ST. GEORGE (CNB) - Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet is urging federal agencies to resume the search for two fishermen lost after their boat apparently sank Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Bay of Fundy. Doucet is the MLA for Charlotte-the Isles, the region where the incident occurred.

"The people of White Head and Grand Manan were devastated by the loss of these two individuals," said Doucet. "This tragic situation has the families and our communities grieving, and they were further disheartened to learn that search efforts have been suspended."

"With two of their community members taken from them without a trace, I believe federal agencies should be using all means at their disposal to continue the search effort," he said.

Doucet talked with federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea and with New Brunswick Southwest MP Greg Thompson, and suggests working together to determine if sophisticated electronic equipment may be available to assist in the search and recovery.

"I have spoken with the affected families and share their view that this is not the time to give up on finding answers," said Doucet. "I sincerely hope that federal agencies will resume this effort and do what they can to help the White Head families in this tragic situation."

Doucet said in difficult times like this, New Brunswickers come together to offer support and encouragement, and they keep the affected families in their thoughts and prayers.

"I offer my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the families and to the community," he said.


MEDIA CONTACT: Gisèle Regimbal, communications, Department of Fisheries, 506-444-4218.