Shrimp trawler nets two, with cold feet

I glanced the news the other day; “plane makes mayday call, over water, near Baffin Island on Canada’s arctic coast, search under way”. My first reaction was that this was not going to be a happy ending, if even luck proved that there was indeed an ending to be found.

Well I am very happy to be wrong! The two managed to land the plane they were flying, on an ice flow, which gave them just enough time to clamor out, before the plane broke through the thin ice and sank. The two survivors, both from Sweden, but originally from Denmark and Australia, were delivering the small airplane from the US, to new owners in Sweden. The pair managed to survive in polar bear country, relatively unscathed, in minus 20 degrees Celsius weather. They were rescued 18 hrs after the crash landing, by the Atlantic Enterprise, a shrimp trawler operated by Bedford, Nova Scotia based Clearwater Seafoods.

The Atlantic Enterprises received the mayday call the evening before, pulled up their fishing gear, and headed towards the last known location at full speed. The next day they arrived on scene, and spotted the shivering pair on the ice flows, and promptly took them on board. They were subsequently airlifted to Iqaluit, Nunavut, several hours later, for medical attention.

You can read more about this incredible story from the survivor’s point of view here; and a general news story from the Canadian Press here. I think those two should buying some lottery tickets very soon, and Clearwater ought to be quite proud of the Atlantic Enterprise and its crew.

Atlantic Enterprise
Division: FAS (Frozen at Sea) Shrimp
Landing Port: St. Anthony
Sail Date: 2008-10-15
GT: 3454
Length: 72 Meters
Beam: 16 Meters
Capacity: 730 Metric Tonnes
Crew: 35
Power: Wartsila W12V32, 4990KW

More details on the ship can be found here.
You can track their whereabouts here.

This article has 3 Comments

  1. My hat is off to the Captain and Crew…. and with the greatest respect for the Men and Woman who put Their lives at risk to help and save others in dangerous situations but I have to ask… What the heck happen out there?? if Mr Edwards and Mr Hansen can see the rescue plane/helicopter and the Pilots and Crew Members can't see the people that Their searching for then what happen there?
    I hope They were able to learn from this, to me the Rescue operation was flying way to high or they were scanning in a very non productive way.

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