February 23, 2013, Halifax, Nova Scotia...

The RCMP joined by the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Coast Guard are providing the following update as of 6 p.m. local time: At approximately, 6 p.m. local time, the captain of a private fishing vessel, Slave Driver, communicated to the crew of the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel, the Sir William Alexander, that divers from the vessel went to the over-turned Miss Ally and they visually confirmed that no wheelhouse, or sleeping quarters were attached to the hull of the Miss Ally and that no bodies were located. In support of the RCMP, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Sir William Alexander, with two RCMP members onboard remains on scene to provide safety and security in the vicinity of the vessel. RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise, District Policing Officer, Southwest Nova Scotia said, “On behalf of RCMP and Department of National Defence and Canadian Coast Guard, we express our deepest sympathies to the families.” The HMCS Glace Bay remains on route to the site of the Miss Ally, with augmentation from Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic). The ship is expected to arrive in the area overnight and will conduct a remotely operated vehicle underwater (ROV) assessment of the Miss Ally in the morning in an effort to gather more information and photos from the vessel. Joint Task Force Atlantic will continue to support the RCMP's request for air surveillance and maintain air coverage of the scene until further notice. The RCMP continues to support the families and the community of Woods Harbour. -30-

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