EASTPORT, Maine — A search and rescue unit from the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 35-year-old Canadian man and his small children Monday morning after their sailboat capsized in northern Passamaquoddy Bay.
Warren Bryan of Mascarene, New Brunswick, and his children, a daughter, 6, and son, 4, all were wearing life vests, according to Petty Officer Tim Crockett of the Coast Guard at Eastport. The father and children were able to crawl onto the hull of their overturned sailboat after being tossed into the 55-degree water when the boat rolled over.
Crockett said the mayday call came in to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, which alerted the mostly volunteer Canadian counterpart to the U.S. Coast Guard, just after 11:30 a.m. from people on shore who saw the boat capsize. Because the people were on shore, they could not provide an exact location of the accident and a massive search was initiated by both American and Canadian vessels. The Coast Guard launched its 45-foot response boat from Eastport and in less than 20 minutes had found the trio and brought them on board. No one appeared to require medical attention, Crockett said.
Crockett said the family members were very cold but showed no signs of hypothermia. The Coast Guard then passed them on to a Canadian whale watching vessel, The Fundy Tide, which is based in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The tour boat brought the three to their own dock in Mascarene, which is located on the eastern side of Passamaquoddy Bay across from St. Andrews.