Port Hood: Two fishermen lost to the sea
Hugh Campbell Watts; Glen Ambrose MacDonald.
-by Rankin MacDonald
They went out to get lobsters for Mother’s Day.
In every fishing village in Inverness County this week all heart are broken because we have lost two of our sons to the sea.
It has been years since we have been forced to endure a fishing tragedy of this magnitude.
It began to unfold at just after 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning when the RCMP got a 911 call about a fishing boat that had capsized off Colindale.
Aboard the nine metre Ocean Star II were its captain, 39-year-old Hugh Watts, 58-year-old helper, Glen MacDonald, and Hugh’s son, 18-year-old Elijah Watts.
Elijah Watts managed to swim to shore but both Hugh Watts and Glen MacDonald lost their lives.
When Port Hood Volunteer Fire Department Chief D.F. Beaton and the brigade arrived on the scene it was too late. He said Elijah already had the bodies to shore.