Sealer deaths prompt TSB report to urge safer towing in ice

(OTTAWA) — The deaths of four sealers off Cape Breton has prompted the government to call for safer towing practices, CBC reported. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board issued a report recommending stricter policies for towing small vessels in ice and to ensure that all fishing vessels operating in ice are structurally sound enough to do so. In the L’Acadien II incident, the icebreaker captain ordered a lookout to cut the towline with an axe, but the lookout couldn’t do it in time to save the sealers from being dragged under the ice.

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By Professional Mariner Staff