Updated: Stranded duck hunters rescued by Coast Guard

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By Kathy Johnson

Two duck hunters are safe and sound after being rescued by the Canadian Coast Guard from Solomon Island off the Woods Harbour coastline late Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 7).

The two were left stranded on the island after their outboard boat went adrift in stormy seas earlier in the afternoon. 

 The outboard was recovered around 3 p.m. by local fishermen on the shoreline behind the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Elementary School.

The fishing boat Sarah Elizabeth I left the Falls Point wharf just before 4 p.m. to attempt to reach the island and rescue the pair, but high winds and choppy seas preventing the boat from reaching the island.

The Canadian Coast Guard crew out of Clark’s Harbour were able to reach the island where the two men were stranded using a zodiac.

Coxswain Jimmy Newell said the pair were in good shape and had a fire going for warmth when rescuers arrived. They were able to find shelter in a camp

Organizations: Evelyn Richardson Memorial Elementary School

Geographic location: Woods Harbour, Solomon Island

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