N.B. fishermen return to sea with heavy hearts after tragedy
Published Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:00PM ADT
Fishermen returned to the waters of Tabusintac, N.B. on Tuesday, three days after three young lobster fishermen were lost at sea.
While the business of fishing and selling lobster has resumed in the area, the tragedy is weighing heavy on the fishermen’s hearts.
“Well, everybody just feels terrible…can’t believe that it happened and it’s going to take a while to get over it,’ says fisherman James MacEachern. “Every time we go in and out of the gully that’s all you’re thinking about.”
The gully is a strip of water off shore where boats must go to access fishing grounds.
Samuel-René Boutin, 23, of Saumarez, Alfred Rousselle, 32, of Brantville and Ian Benoit, 35, of Tabusintac were killed when their boat hit a sandbar near Tabusintac on Saturday.
Their bodies were recovered from the shoreline over the weekend following an extensive search of the area.
Many fishermen in Tabunsintac knew the men lost at sea.
“You don’t feel as happy to go fishing as it was before, that’s for sure,” says fisherman Adam Robichaud. “Because, like, here we’re a big family. Everybody helps each other so it’s a big loss for sure.”
“That’s a sad thing. They left young families,” says area resident Lorne Harding.
“One kid was only 23 years old and it was his first time going on the fishing for the boat and he never made it back,” says wharf hand Aldorea Savoie.
Despite the sadness and sense of loss, the fishermen will head out again on Wednesday.
The Transportation Safety Board has been called in to investigate the incident.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Andy Campbell