Quebec provincial police have identified the three people who died after a fishing boat capsized and sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence near Quebec’s lower north coast.
Dean Lavallée, 53, Yves Jones, 65, and Damon Etheridge, 36, were all from Blanc-Sablon, Que.
The three men were among six people aboard the 18-metre-long Silver Condor that was sailing near La Tabatière, Quebec, early Monday morning.
A distress signal was received around 2:30 a.m. ET. Two Canadian Coast Guard vessels and an Armed Forces Cormorant helicopter were sent to the scene.
The ship sank about 37 kilometers offshore, according to the Coast Guard.
The investigation so far indicates that poor weather conditions played a role, the Sûreté du Québec said Tuesday.
Three other passengers, two men and a woman, were also rescued and taken to the hospital in Corner Brook, NL. His condition is unknown.
A social worker visited the Blanc-Sablon schools to offer support to the children, said Pascal Paradis, spokesman for the local health and social services authority, the Integrated health and social services center (CISSS) of the North Coast.
The tragedy is especially felt in such a small community, said Blanc-Sablon Mayor Andrew Etheridge.
Those feeling distressed by the incident can call 811 and press option 2 to receive psychosocial support. Support is also offered at the CISSS multi-service center, through its Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and Info-Social.
“If necessary, more resources could be added to support both the public and staff,” Paradis said.