CANSO: The body of the fourth person who was on the Fisherman’s Provider II was recovered at approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning by a group of fishermen.

Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada manager of regional operations, Pierre Murray, said the vessel left Canso on Tuesday evening and ran aground a few minutes later.

“Three crew members were rescued by other fishermen and then the captain was recovered today, deceased, in his boat,” said Murray.


When asked why the captain stayed with the ship, Murray said “that’s something the investigators are still looking into.”

According to an RCMP press release, the vessel struck what is commonly known as Frying Pan Shoal, near Canso, at approximately 8 p.m. on February 6. Three men were rescued that evening from the boat while a fourth remained onboard. The rescue effort was continued that evening and the following day by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC).

On February 8, the matter was returned to the RCMP’s jurisdiction as a missing persons investigation. This was after the JRCC had exhausted its efforts to recover the body of 64-year-old Roger Stoddard, the captain of the vessel.

Guysborough District RCMP will continue to work with partner agencies in the investigation of this incident.

The TSB deployed a team of investigators to Sydney on February 8 following the grounding of the Fisherman’s Provider II. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

“We have a team of investigators right now in Canso,” Murray said on February 9. “They have interviewed survivors and they’re going to keep doing an investigation and try to determine that exact question; why the boat ran aground and why didn’t the captain leave the boat while it was possible.”

Murray said the TSB wants to determine what happened, why it happened, and what they can do to prevent it from happening again.