Nfld. & Labrador

Search ends in St. Anthony area for fishing crew member

Joint Task Force Atlantic officials say the crew member was not wearing a flotation device or survival gear at the time of the incident.

Joint Task Force Atlantic officials say case handed over to RCMP

The search for a crew member of the Precious Jewel began just after 5 a.m. on Saturday and ended Sunday night. (David Horemans/CBC)

A search by air and sea for a fishing boat crew member who went missing early Saturday morning in the waters near St. Anthony is over. 

Joint Task Force Atlantic tweeted Sunday night it's now a missing person's case and is in the hands of the RCMP.  

Joint Task Force Atlantic spokesperson Maj. Amber Binau had said the call came in from crew members of the Precious Jewel fishing vessel on Saturday at around 5 a.m, saying a person had fallen overboard about 250 kilometres northeast of St. Anthony. 

Search and rescue crews, including three Canadian Coast Guard ships and other auxiliary vessels, began looking for the crew member right away, she said. Additionally, the Canadian Armed Forces had air assets involved: a Hercules and a Cormorant, and Provincial Airlines also provided an aircraft to assist in the weekend search.

Binau said the person was not wearing a flotation device or survival gear at the time of the incident.

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With files from Lisa Gushue

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