Nova Scotia

Missing N.S. fisherman presumed drowned

Brent Walton, a fisherman from Eastern Passage, is presumed by RCMP to have drowned after the fishing boat he was in capsized Friday.

Search will continue Sunday

Rescue crews searched the lake Friday afternoon. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

A fisherman from Eastern Passage, N.S., is presumed to have drowned after the fishing boat he was in capsized Friday, RCMP say.

Brent Walton, 33, and another man were crossing near Lake Charlotte on the province's eastern shore, when their three-metre boat with an outboard motor began experiencing mechanical difficulty. The boat overturned around 12 p.m. Friday.

The other man, a 29-year-old from Halifax Regional Municipality, swam 200 metres to shore to call for help.

RCMP, Police Dog Service, the fire department and search and rescue crews from the area searched extensively late into the night, but found no trace of the other man.

"They searched all around the lake hoping that [he] made it to shore, but at this time he's presumed drowned," said Staff Sgt. Bruce Webb.

There were no lifejackets or paddles onboard the boat, Webb said.

"The RCMP would like to remind the public that it's very important to wear life jackets and have the appropriate equipment on board — paddles and everything that's required with regulations," Webb said.

Alcohol was not believed to be a factor, RCMP said in a news release.

The RCMP underwater search and recovery team will continue the search Sunday, according to RCMP Sgt. Brigdit Leger.