Letter from the Captain & Crew of the CCGS Westport

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on February 28, 2012
The Coast Guard Cutter Westport coordinated the water search for missing diver Lawrence Collins in Grand Passage.
Jonathan Riley photo

On Feb. 22 at 1:10 p.m. we monitored a call from the urchin vessel "Water Queen" to Fundy Coast Guard Radio concerning a missing diver.

We immediately left the station and were underway with the CCGS Westport to commence the search.

Firstly we would like to express our sincere sympathy to the missing diver's family and friends.

Within forty minutes of the call, there were five other vessels searching and within three hours there were over 20 fishing vessels, from most ports within St. Mary's Bay, participating in the search.

In addition the Department of National Defence deployed a Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopter. Several fire departments and Ground Search and Rescue groups were also involved with the search.

As Commanding Officer on the CCGS Westport and as On Scene Coordinator (for the marine side of the search) I would like to personally thank all participants for their dedication, perseverance and professionalism during this search. They are the pillars of your communities and they deserve your respect.

I also want to thank all participants who shared their local knowledge, experience and professional advice with me. It was invaluable.

We are saddened that our results were not positive but I will say, with confidence, that without the help of everyone the search area would not have been saturated as well as it was.


Captain & Crew

CCGS Westport

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