A Canadian Coast Guard vessel rescued 22 fishermen from the frigid waters off Newfoundland on Sunday after their fishing trawler caught fire and later sank.
The coast guard vessel Leonard J. Cowley — which happened to be in the area when the crew of the 30-metre Monte Galineiro made a distress call at 10:30 a.m. local time — arrived minutes later to find the fishermen leaping into the water or sliding into life rafts to escape the fire.
The coast guard plucked the men from the North Atlantic waters about 400 kilometres southeast of St. John’s, N.L., and had all of the crew aboard by noon, according to the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax.
Jeri Grychowski, a spokeswoman for the rescue centre, said the men are in good condition, with only one crewmember suffering from hypothermia. Another person suffered from smoke inhalation and was flown by helicopter to hospital in St. John’s.
The Cowley vessel is expected to arrive Monday in St. John’s with the rest of the fishermen, the CBC’s Jane Adey reported.
Luckily, the Canadian Coast Guard ship Leonard J. Cowley was only 10 minutes away at the time of the distress call, with the fishing trawler sinking below the waves just 10 minutes later.
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