Nfld. & Labrador

Docked fishing vessel catches fire, sinks in Cook's Harbour

RCMP in St. Anthony responded to a call around 7 p.m. Friday that a fishing vessel had caught fire at the Cook's Harbour wharf.
Police say fire departments from Cook's Harbour and St. Anthony were on the scene when police arrived shortly after 7 p.m. Friday. (St. Anthony RCMP)

RCMP in St. Anthony responded to a call around 7 p.m. Friday that a fishing vessel had caught fire at the Cook's Harbour wharf on the Northern Peninsula.

The Cook's Harbour fire department and St. Anthony fire department were both on the scene when police arrived. 
The fishing vessel Sylvia Lynn II caught fire, police say, around 5:30 p.m. Friday. The boat was vacant at the time. (St. Anthony RCMP)

Police say the nearly 20-metre fishing vessel, named the Sylvia Lyn II, caught fire around 5:30 p.m. while docked at the wharf.

No one was aboard the ship when the fire started, and crews worked for hours to extinguish the fire.

Police said the vessel eventually sunk near the wharf and the Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response Unit was called to help in the cleanup effort.

RCMP is investigating the incident.