Nova Scotia

Search called off for Bear Point fisherman

The search for a fisherman who fell overboard from a fishing boat off the coast of Yarmouth, N.S., ended on Tuesday evening.

The search for a fisherman who fell overboard from a fishing boat off the coast of Yarmouth, N.S., ended on Tuesday evening.

Jeri Grychowski, spokeswoman for the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax, said the search ended without success at 5 p.m., approximately 12 hours after the accident happened. She said the extensive search effort had turned up no sign of the missing man.

The man — who was fishing for silver hake at the time of the accident — was not wearing a life-jacket when he fell off the boat's deck into the water, said Grychowski.

The accident happened about eight nautical miles off the coast of Cape Sable Island when conditions were rough. The captain of the fishing boat reportedly threw a life-preserver into the water, but attempts to reach the man were unsuccessful.

The missing man has not been named, but CBC News has learned he is a 33-year-old from Bear Point, Shelburne County.

Grychowski said the file has now been turned over to the RCMP as a missing persons case.

A Cormorant helicopter searched an area 56 kilometres south of Yarmouth during the day-long search. It was joined by two coast guard cutters and about 25 local fishing boats.

Grychowski said rough seas are a metre high in the search area.

"The weather there is pretty low visibility — foggy," she said.