Search efforts exhausted for missing fisherman in Fleur de Lys

September 15, 2023
Baie Verte, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release

Search efforts for a missing fisherman off the coast of Fleur de Lys have been exhausted. The man was one of four occupants on board a commercial cod fishing boat that sank on Tuesday afternoon. Despite extensive search efforts, the man has not been located.

On Tuesday afternoon, one man was rescued and the bodies of two other men were recovered by local fishermen prior to the arrival of search and rescue resources. Searches continued throughout that evening and over the course of the next four days.

Over this past week, extensive aerial searches, ground searches and searches below and above the water were conducted. RCMP NL thanks those who were involved in the search efforts:

  • Joint Rescue Coordination Centre
  • Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre
  • Canadian Coast Guard and Auxiliary
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Deer Lake Search and Rescue
  • Exploits Search and Rescue
  • Green Bay Ground Search and Rescue
  • RCMP Underwater Recovery Team
  • Local residents

A cumulative total of more than 500 square nautical miles were searched by these resources.

The investigation into the cause of the sunken vessel is continuing in partnership with Transport Canada and Workplace NL.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the four fishermen during this most difficult time.

Baie Verte RCMP thanks residents of Fleur de Lys and surrounding communities for their overwhelming support throughout the search.

While active search efforts have been suspended, the investigation remains open as a missing person at sea. Anyone with information or possible sightings that could assist in locating the missing man is asked to contact Baie Verte RCMP at 709-532-4221. All new information will be investigated.



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