The RCMP joined by the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Coast Guard are providing the following update as of noon local time:
This morning at 8:30 a.m. local time, in support of the RCMP, a remotely operated vehicle underwater (ROV) from HMCS Glace Bay entered the water and conducted an assessment of the over-turned hull of the Miss Ally. The ROV captured imagery of the over-turned vessel to allow the Fleet Diving Unit to assess the situation. Upon reviewing the images the unit recommended that additional diving operations were not required.
The assessment confirmed the Miss Ally sustained significant damage. The wheelhouse and sleeping quarters were not attached to the vessel.
No bodies were located.
RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise says,"On behalf of the RCMP, Department of National Defence and the Coast Guard we would like to express our sincerest condolences to the families."
With the assessment complete, Joint Task Force Atlantic will conclude its air and water operations in support of the RCMP. HMCS Glace Bay will return to regular duties.
The Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Sir William Alexander has concluded its support to safety and security in the vicinity of the vessel and will resume normal operations. Two RCMP officers on board the vessel will return to port.
With the completion of air and water operations, the RCMP is concluding our activities on the ground in Woods Harbour.
While the operational phase is now concluded, the RCMP will continue to provide support to the families and the community members of Woods Harbour.
The RCMP would like to thank the Department of National Defence (DND), Canadian Coast Guard and Transportation Safety Board for their support and collaboration in this operation.