UPDATE Dec. 28, 2022
UPDATE: SEARCH SUSPENDED FOR FISHERMAN LOST AT SEA.
Yesterday December 26th 2022, the Lobster industry lost one of their own. Christian Lee Atwood aged 27 years was lost over-aft of the MV Little Weasel II at about 8:15 am, while lobstering off shore in the Outer Island and Green Island area in the early morning.
The exact cause of the incident at this time is unclear but it is being treated as an industrial accident and at this time no charges have been laid.
The Canadian Coast Guard (JASR) was on-scene soon after the call went out and joined multiple fishing boats in the search for Christian and as the evening set in some of the (JASR) assets returned to base leaving a (JASR) ship (The Cape Roger) on station overnight and a reconnaissance / search and rescue aircraft will be back on scene from 10 pm until 3 am.
The search will resume in full at daybreak with three additional (JASR) vessels and helicopter support and two RCAF aircraft from the Greenwood base. There will also be multiple local fishing boats involved under the guidance of the Coast guard.
As this day winds down this is turning into a recovery effort as the water temperature dips below 6 degrees celsius and the air temp drops to 3 Degrees.
Update as of 7 am 27-12-2022
Information received from (JASR) is as follows:
Due to information received from the tide and wind models the search pattern will be shifted more Eastward towards Baccaro, given that the survivability models indicate a 5% survival rate up to 6 hours of entering the water, the recovery effort will be turned over to the RCMP at noon today and continue as a missing persons investigation.
Christians Family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers at this time and ask for continued prayer to bring him home.
Our thanks also go out to all who have been involved and continue to be part of the search effort to bring Christian home.