No bodies found in Miss Ally

Feb. 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM

WOODS HARBOUR, Nova Scotia, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A search of the capsized Miss Alley Saturday turned up no sign of the Canadian commercial fishing boat's five missing crew members, searchers said.

The Yarmouth County Vanguard reported the captain of the private fishing vessel Slave Driver told the crew of the Canadian coast guard vessel the Sir William Alexander about 6 p.m. local time that its divers visually confirmed no wheelhouse or sleeping quarters were attached to Miss Ally's hull and no bodies were located.

The HMCS Glace Bay was expected to arrive at the scene overnight and will conduct a remotely operated underwater vehicle assessment of the Miss Ally Sunday morning in an effort to gather more information and photos from the overturned vessel.

The Miss Ally is located 129 nautical miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, about 25 nautical miles northwest of the boat's last emergency position indicating radio beacon signal.

The crew of the Miss Ally was comprised of Katlin Nickerson, Joel Hopkins, Stephen Cole Nickerson, Tyson Townsend and Billy Jack Hatfield, all in their early 20s to early 30s, the newspaper said.

The fishing boat capsized in a Feb. 17 storm that produced more than 30-foot waves and hurricane-force winds.

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