Barrington RCMP are investigating a commercial fishing accident that claimed the life of a Shag Harbour man.
On March 9th early in the evening, Captain Larry Wayne Sears of the fishing vessel ‘Four Ladies’, was engaged in lobster fishing in the Cape Sable area.
The 64-year-old man was hauling lobster pots with his two crew members when it appears the trawl line became snarled in the hauler. As he attempted to clear the snarl, the victim was pulled over board.
Captain Sears, who was wearing a personal floatation device, was taken from the water by a nearby fishing boat that heard the call for assistance. Rescue technicians from a Coast Guard vessel and cormorant helicopter were also dispatched to the area from Westhead Station. Despite CPR attempts, Captain Sears succumbed to his injuries. The Dept of Labour and Advanced Education as well as the Transportation Safety Board have been called in to assist with the investigation. RCMP do not suspect foul play.