Updated: Shelburne County fisherman dies after being struck by anchor

Greg Bennett gbennett@thecoastguard.ca
Published on June 30, 2014
RCMP say a 40-year-old fisherman was killed when an anchor struck him in the head on Georges Bank on Sunday night.

A tragic incident claimed the life of a 40-year-old Shelburne County fisherman on Georges Bank on Sunday night.

Barrington RCMP say Richard MacMillan Hiltz, of Port Clyde, died June 29 when the boat’s anchor struck him on the head, knocking him overboard.

Crewmembers on the Nip ‘n Tuck managed to get the fisherman back onboard, but he died a short time later. The fishing boat has since returned to port at the West Head Wharf.

The investigation has been passed from the RCMP to provincial Occupation Health and Safety investigators.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan offered condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the fisherman.

"My thoughts are with his loved ones during this extremely difficult time," said Regan. "I want to assure the family that we will help find out why this happened."

The Department of Labour and Advanced Education's occupational health and safety division is investigating on site.

This is the sixth workplace fatality this year, and the third acute fatality. In 2013, 34 Nova Scotians died at work, including six Shelburne County fishermen, five of whom were lost in the Miss Ally tragedy.