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St. John’s in need of a search and rescue

Sept. 15, 2009, St. John's, N.B. – Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams is calling on Ottawa to immediately establish a search and rescue presence in St. John's, days after a fishing boat sank off the province's east coast, killing at least one crewman.


September 15, 2009
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Sept. 15, 2009, St. John's, N.B. – Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams is calling on Ottawa to immediately establish a search and rescue presence in St. John's, days after a fishing boat sank off the province's east coast, killing at least one crewman.

Williams says he doesn't want the sinking to be an exercise in blame but adds there's growing public outcry for a search and rescue unit in the province's capital city.

The vessel sank about 120 kilometres east of St. John's on Saturday after water flooded a rear compartment.

One man died and rescue officials called off their search for another man on Monday evening after three days.

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The captain and two other crew members were saved.

The search and rescue helicopter station for the province is currently based in Gander, in central Newfoundland.


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