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The burning boat could be seen from Donkin. (Jenn Reid)
Two Glace Bay fishermen were plucked from a life-raft Monday after fleeing their burning boat.
Cape Breton Regional Police said the two men were fishing for mackerel off Glace Bay when a fire broke out. The two men abandoned their boat and called for help at about 8:30 a.m.
The police dive unit, coast guard and water rescue all responded, but another fisherman in the area got there first.
“A fisherman in the area responded also and pulled the two males that were in their life-raft aboard his vessel,” said Staff Sgt. Stephen MacKinnon.
There were no reports of injuries.
MacKinnon said the boat was still burning about an hour later. He didn’t know what caused the fire.
Relatives say Glace Bay residents Bobby Truckair and Devon Burke were out on Truckair’s boat this morning fishing for bait when the fire broke out. They say Rocky Ford, a Glace Bay man who was fishing nearby, rescued the men from their raft without injuries.
Barry Morrison of Glace Bay, Burke’s uncle, is one of many who spent the morning and part of the afternoon standing outside watching the thick black clouds of smoke rising on the horizon.
“I am still shaking,” he said, adding it was a tough ordeal until learning the fishermen were alright.
Cape Breton Regional Police said in a press release that at approximately 8:20 a.m., they received a call from a male advising he and a friend had abandoned a vessel in the area off the coast of Glace Bay.
A police spokesperson said officers with the force’s forensic dive unit, Coast Guard and water rescue responded to an area some five miles out between Lingan Bay and the point off the former Number 26 colliery.
Although no injuries were reported, the vessel suffered extensive damage.
The men were brought to shore at around 2 p.m. this afternoon.
See tomorrow’s Cape Breton Post for more details.
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