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When I heard the news that the search for the five young men aboard the Miss Ally had been suspended, my initial response was as a father. Thinking about the family and friends in the communities of Woods Harbour and Cape Sable Island, I joined with all Nova Scotians in praying for a miracle, that these young men might make it home yet.
But people will fish tomorrow: that we know. And it is incumbent on all of us to turn over every stone, to answer every unanswered question, to combine all of our collective efforts, to make sure we never again face the news of a fisherman missing at sea. The fishing sector has come a long way in terms of safety awareness, but we need to let this tragedy be the catalyst that moves us to work toward a broader cultural change.
CEO, Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Interview on Global Maritimes: Q&A: Dangers facing N.S. Fishermen