2 dead after boat capsizes off Newfoundland’s west coast
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2 dead after boat capsizes off Newfoundland’s west coast

2 dead after boat capsizes off Newfoundland’s west coast2 dead after boat capsizes off Newfoundland’s west coast

A rescue operation was launched Sunday near Molly Ann Cove, south of Lark Harbour on Newfoundland’s west coast. Four people survived and are believed to have set fire to a hut to attract the attention of searchers in the area.

A rescue operation is underway between Molly Ann Cove and Rope Cove near Port-au-Port, Newfoundland, on Sunday. (Reported by Sam Anderson)

Two people died when a vessel capsized Sunday morning off the west coast of Newfoundland, near the town of Lark Harbour.

Long Range Mountains MP Gudie Hutchings announced the deaths of two men on social media.

“The sea giveth and the sea taketh away. I am heartbroken to hear that two young men have died at sea. All the love and prayers in the world are needed right now for the families and communities of Lark Harbour and fishing communities around the world,” she wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The Fish, Food and Related Workers Union also expressed its condolences to the families affected by this tragedy and the communities of York Harbour and Lark Harbour

“One life lost at sea is always one life too many. These lives were far too young to be gone,” FFAW-Unifor said in a statement on Facebook.

In a post on X, MP for the Long Range Mountains constituency Gudie Hutchings expressed his condolences and wrote that "two young men died at sea."In a post on X, MP for the Long Range Mountains constituency Gudie Hutchings expressed his condolences and wrote that "two young men died at sea."

In a post on X, Long Range Mountains MP Gudie Hutchings posted her condolences and wrote that “two young men have died at sea”.

In a post on X, Long Range Mountains MP Gudie Hutchings posted her condolences and said that “two young men have died at sea”. (Gudie Hutchings/X)

In a post on the Lark Harbor Facebook page, the city said city hall will be open for people to gather Sunday evening “as a gathering place for our residents to support each other during this time of mourning.”

Premier Andrew Furey also said his heart was with Lark Habour and that he had spoken to Mayor Maria MacDonald, as well as Hutchings and Public Health Minister Eddie Joyce.

“I will be there to support the community during this difficult time,” he wrote.

Four people were transported by plane

Capt. Trevor Ackland, a spokesman for Joint Task Force Atlantic supporting the Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre in Halifax, initially said four people were airlifted from a west coast beach and taken to hospital after the vessel was found capsized. DFO later corrected that story and said the survivors were airlifted to shore where they were treated by paramedics.

He added that the centre responded to a call from the Marine Rescue Sub-Centre in St. John’s asking for help after receiving reports of people in the water.

A Cormorant helicopter was dispatched to the scene.A Cormorant helicopter was dispatched to the scene.

A Cormorant helicopter was dispatched to the scene.

A Cormorant helicopter was dispatched to the scene. (Reported by Sam Anderson)

Ackland said a Cormorant helicopter from the Gander Search and Rescue Squadron was dispatched to the scene, which occurred near Molly Ann Bay.

“Upon arrival on scene, they made arrangements to retrieve and airlift the four individuals who were on the beach,” Ackland told CBC News.

Ackland said he could not speculate on the death toll, but four people were alive when they were airlifted.

Fisherman Sam Anderson was fishing around Molly Ann Cove and Rope Cove around 11 a.m. Sunday when he noticed a burning shack on the shore.

He said he saw two men on the beach and a capsized ship nearby.

“We followed procedure, you know, we contacted the Coast Guard radio and tried to get a hold of him. We couldn’t get to him because the waters were too shallow and there was nothing we could do,” Anderson told CBC News.

He said it was a remote area with no roads.

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