Nova Scotia

Divers resume search for missing Petit-de-Grat man

Divers are back beneath the churning waves in Petit-de-Grat, N.S., as they continue to look for a missing man now connected to a violent confrontation that included gunfire on the water.

Phillip Boudreau, 43, presumed dead. 3 charged with second degree murder.

Disturbing details are emerging about what happened to fisherman Philip Boudreau off the coast of Petit-de-Grat in Cape Breton. (CBC)

Divers are back beneath the churning waves in Petit-de-Grat, N.S., as they continue to look for a missing man now connected to a violent confrontation that included gunfire on the water.

Philip Boudreau, 43, is presumed dead after his overturned boat was found June 1 floating in Petit-de-Grat harbour. His body has not been recovered.

Search warrants filed in the presumed death of a Petit-de-Grat fisherman have been sealed by the courts, meaning members of the public cannot see what RCMP investigators were looking for when they searched the suspects' properties.

Prosecutor Dan MacRury said the decision was made because of the sensitivity in the ongoing investigation.

Despite the seal, CBC News has confirmed police recovered a gun while they were searching and are now comparing it to fragments recovered from the victim’s overturned motorboat.

Three fishermen are charged with second degree murder in Boudreau’s disappearance. James Joseph Landry, 65, Craig Landry, 40, and Dwayne Matthew Samson, 43 remain in jail and are due back in court on June 24.

Fight on the sea

The case draws a disturbing picture of an out-of-control fight over lobster fishing territory.

Last week, Boudreau’s niece Tara Lynn Boudreau, admitted that her uncle sometimes poached lobsters from other fishermen’s traps and that may have been what caused the altercation that is alleged to have led to his death.

Now, sources tell CBC News that investigators in the case believe that Boudreau had been cutting traps set by the Twin Maggies’ crew when the larger vessel arrived on the scene the day of Boudreau’s disappearance.

People in Petit-de-Grat say there was tension over where those traps were set in the water and whose fishing territory it was.

Moments after the Twin Maggies was seen from shore, witnesses reported hearing as many as five gunshots coming from the water.

with files from the CBC's Phonse Jessome

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