Crew members aboard a vessel off the Northern Peninsula are relieved after they were rescued Sunday evening.
A vessel left St. Anthony en route to Trout River, but as the temperatures dropped and the winds picked up the crew ran into trouble.
Joseph Brake is the father of Timmy Brake, the captain of the vessel. He says his son hit hard times around Cook’s Harbour. He tried to get in to dock but couldn’t get in because of ice and high winds. Then the boat started taking on freezing spray and there was a risk of it tipping over.
Brake called all the communities along the route and tracked his son from home with a GPS and plotter.
The Coast Guard was called in with a Cormorant Helicopter lighting the way for the crew, who were helped back to shore by people in Green Island Cove.
Brake says his son is lucky to be alive. He says he went through hell that night and was in tears because he didn’t think his son was going to make it. He says his son has no fear of the water and he’s relieved that he and the crew made it back alive.