- Transportation Safety Board of Canada released its research report on Wednesday.
- Four men lost their lives in May 2020 while fishing for snow crab aboard the Sarah Anne in Placentia Bay.
The fisherman’s spouse, who died when the Sarah Anne fishing vessel sank about two years back, says her family is still without explanations following Wednesday’s Transportation Safety Board of Canada probe report.
Melissa Mayo-Norman stated Wednesday was an emotional day for her and the other families, who are still grieving the May 2020 loss of the Sarah Anne’s four-person team of Scott Norman, 35 — Mayo-Norman’s spouse — Eddie Joe Norman, 67; Jody Norman, 42, and Isaac Kettle, 33, all from St. Lawrence, on Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula.
“We were expecting some shutdown, which we didn’t get,” Mayo-Norman said.
“Unfortunately, we were given no explanations as to what may have occurred that day, only what advice they could give for the Newfoundland fishermen.”
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The board’s report said the boat, fishing for snow crab in Placentia Bay, probably suddenly overturned, throwing the team into the water without life-saving equipment and before a distress signal could be sent.
The board’s study also noted the boat’s flux may have been an aspect of its capsizing.
“The TSB made a model of the Sarah Anne from a sister’s vessel and conducted a stability analysis. The study showed that Sarah Anne was probably operating outside of stability limits. The vessel stability boundary would have worsened as the trip progressed,” said Clifford Harvey, the board’s director of marine research, on Wednesday.
“Without a legal stability review, the team made operating decisions without knowing the boat’s actual safe operating limits. This may have negatively impacted the vessel’s strength and led to its capsizing and sinking.”
Source – cbc.ca