In reading the article entitled "Searchers come up empty" in the Sept. 13 edition of The Compass, my thoughts went back to that night (Sept. 6) and the trauma it caused the people of Harbour Grace.
A friend called me and said a sail boating accident had happened on the harbour. I heard the helicopter over my house and when I looked I saw it was circling the harbour. I got into my car to take a look and that's when I saw the people, cars, fire trucks, the Coast Guard out on the water and what looked like other local boaters too.
It was dark by this time so visibility from the shore was not great. I stopped and asked several people and was told that a sailboat had gone down with five people on board but that nobody could see anything, i.e. a debris field, etc. This greatly unnerved me and I know a few of my senior friends on Water Street would feel the same way.
How right I was! I stopped and had a chat and cup of tea with one 89-year-old lady who later told me she never slept that whole night. A couple of other seniors in the area experienced the same trauma.
On my way home I stopped and asked again whether the situation had changed, but the story seemed to be forever changing as to the where, when, how and why of the circumstances regarding the size of the boat and the people aboard.
What did the man who made the report actually see? It wouldn't be the first time a ghost ship was spotted in one of our harbours. Could this be food for thought? A rather expensive sighting to be sure, but necessary to investigate nevertheless. Our many thanks to all the local boaters and professional response teams who gave of their expertise in this matter.