Drone search Saturday unable to locate missing Island fisherman

RCMP used drones on Saturday in an effort to find fisherman Jordan Hicken, who went overboard off the North Shore on Tuesday.

Man went overboard Tuesday in Naufrage Harbour area

Two RCMP drone operators are going out at separate times to survey Naufrage Harbour to the Greenwich area Saturday. (Nicole Williams/CBC)

The official search for a P.E.I. fisherman who went overboard off the North Shore was mostly done by RCMP drone Saturday.

Jordan Hicken was lost while fishing out of Naufrage Harbour early Tuesday morning. The rescue effort was called off Tuesday evening and RCMP took it over as a missing persons case.

Two RCMP drone operators went out in the morning and the afternoon to survey the same area they have been scanning over for the past few days, from Naufrage Harbour to the Greenwich area, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Howard Fitzpatrick.

"They weren't able to find anything today, and the same thing this afternoon when the other drone operator went out."

Fitzpatrick said the visibility in the water was quite good Saturday for drones.

Better weather for searching

Rough waters hampered the search Wednesday and into Thursday morning, but RCMP were able to get a dive team out in the afternoon and evening.

The RCMP dive team was in the water and searching into Friday evening as well, Fitzpatrick said.

Jordan Hicken went missing from a boat called the Plum Crazy while out fishing off Naufrage Harbour early Tuesday morning. ( Jordan Steven Lee Hicken/Facebook)

Some of what is believed to be Hicken's clothing was found in the water Tuesday afternoon.

With clear weather Saturday Fitzpatrick said he was hoping to find closure for the family, but after searching the shoreline the drone operators saw no sign of Hicken.

"We're hoping for better results tomorrow."

P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue took the day off Friday and Saturday but plan to return Sunday.

"We'll be covering all the coastline again and even expanding out search area a little bit. Hopefully, we will have some better results tomorrow," Fitzpatrick said.

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