Two men who were caught in a burning boat in Newfoundland's Trinity Bay on Thursday evening owe their successful escape to having the right gear with them.
The Dildo residents were aboard the 48-foot Labrador Freedom off Tickle Harbour Point, near Bellevue, when fire broke out around suppertime.
Mike Bonin, a public affairs officer with the Department of National Defence in Halifax, said the men were not in the water long before they were picked up.
"They made a cellphone call before they abandoned ship," he said.
"The rescue centre relayed that mayday, and within minutes another pleasure craft in the vicinity responded and rescued the two people."
Bonin said the combination of a cellphone and survival suits likely prevented a tragedy.
It is believed the Labrador Freedom was a longliner converted into a pleasure craft.