The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, in cooperation with the Canadian Air Force, rescued 31 fishermen after the fishermen sent a distress call from aboard their sinking ship 130 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The trouble started late Tuesday night aboard the fishing vessel when a fire broke out, causing the ship to begin taking on water.
Forced to send a distress signal, 14 fishermen were then flown to safety by two U.S. Coast Guard helicopters, while six other crew member were rescued by the Canadian Air Force.
The remaining crew members and rescuers were later evacuated by the Canadian Coast Guard after staying on board the ship in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to save it from sinking.
Martin Sullivan, CEO of Ocean Choice International, the company which owns the ship, told CBS, “That was a huge relief for all of us. We’ve been in contact through the night and really concerned with the crew on board and making sure they got home safe.”
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