The body of the fourth person who was on the Fisherman’s Provider II was recovered at approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning by local fishers. The vessel struck what is commonly known as Frying Pan Shoal, near Canso, at approximately 8 p.m. on February 6. Three men were rescued that evening from the boat while a fourth remained onboard. The rescue effort was continued that evening and the following day by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC).
On February 8, the matter was returned to the RCMP’s jurisdiction as a missing persons investigation. This was after the JRCC had exhausted its efforts to recover the body of 64-year-old Roger Stoddard, the captain of the vessel. Guysborough District RCMP will continue to work with partner agencies in the investigation of this incident.
Guysborough District RCMP would like to acknowledge the support of the fishing community and the community of Canso. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the support and expertise provided by the JRCC in this investigation. Our thoughts are with the families of the captain and crew of theFisherman’s Provider II at this difficult time.
Source: Media Release