Subject: Seal: Ice threatens seal-hunt fleet (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Tue, 14 Apr 1998 11:06:22 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Tue, 14 Apr 98 00:21:00 GMT 
Subject: Ice threatens seal-hunt fleet

Ice threatens seal-hunt fleet

   ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, April 11 (UPI) -- Canada Coast Guard
crews are attempting to rescue several sealing vessels in icy waters
off the northeastern coast of Newfoundland.
   Two vessels in Canada's seal-hunt fleet have already sunk after
large blocks of ice gouged their hulls.
   One coast guard ship has reached four other vessels which have also
been damaged.
   Other ships are reported to be trapped in the shifting ice flow.
   Coast Guard authorities say five of their ships have sailed into
the treacherous waters, where as many as 100 vessels are at risk.
   No fatalities have been reported so far, but authorities are
worried that risk to human life will increase overnight, when a storm
is expected to hit the area.