RCMP detachments in southwestern Nova Scotia are investigating two fires on fishing boats that are believed to have been intentionally set.
On October 5 at 7:44 a.m., a fire was reported aboard the Amanda's Pride 1. The vessel had been docked at the slip in Weymouth North. Initial investigation has determined that the suspect(s) put something in the engine hatch which caused the fire. The vessel sustained damage to the interior. Digby RCMP is leading the investigation into this incident.
On October 9 at 12:50 p.m., the Buck and Doe was reported missing from the Comeauville Wharf in Comeauville, Digby County. The vessel was later located in St. Mary's Bay, where it sunk before it could be towed back to the wharf. Investigators located the lines that had been used to tie the vessel to the wharf, which had evidence of fire damage. A witness reported they saw the vessel burning in St. Mary's Bay. Meteghan RCMP is leading the investigation into this incident.
The RCMP is asking for public assistance to help with the investigations. Anyone with information on these suspicious fires or who may have been in the area at the time of the fires is asked to call the RCMP at 1-800-803-RCMP. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.