Four rescued from ice

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Four crew had to be rescued from the Double N after the fishing vessel became trapped in ice and was in danger of being crushed by a 150-foot-high iceberg.

Image provided by Joint Forces Rescue (JTF) Atlantic.

The 35-foot vessel was 70 nautical miles northeast of Fogo Island when it notified the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Halifax that an iceberg was less than 500 feet away from the vessel and was bearing down on them.

A Cormorant helicopter landed two search and rescue technicians on the vessel to prepare to hoist the crew into the helicopter — the entire rescue took 19 minutes, according to Maj. Martell Thompson. He says the rescue was complicated by the fact that the helicopter was low on fuel and battling both low visibility and 110 kilometre an hour winds.

None of the four crew were injured. The Double N is currently adrift and its status is unknown.

Organizations: Joint Rescue Co

Geographic location: Fogo Island, Halifax

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