Diving

Body of missing deckhand found after boat sinks near Halifax

Boat's captain and passenger were rescued from a life-raft

Navy divers have found the body of a missing deckhand inside a vessel that sank near the entrance to Halifax Harbour on Tuesday.

The Captain Jim, a 40-foot dive support boat owned by RMI Marine, sank off Eastern Passage. The first call to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre came in at about 2 a.m., said spokesperson Maj. Amber Bineau.

Three people were on board at the time: the captain, a deckhand and one passenger.

RMI Marine said the boat took on water on its way back to port. The captain alerted Halifax Traffic and Search and Rescue before calling for “immediate abandonment,” the company said in a news release.

The boat went down fast, and only the captain and the passenger made it to the life-raft. They were brought to shore by a Halifax Pilot boat and were immediately treated by medical responders.

A search for the missing deckhand included ships and aircrafts from the Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Armed Forces.

At about 11:30 a.m., Joint Task Force Atlantic confirmed the missing crew member’s body had been found inside the boat.

The Transportation Safety Board will investigate.