Search ends for missing N.S. fishermen

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Five Nova Scotia families are preparing for funerals with no bodies after cops and the coast guard called off the search for five fishermen whose boat capsized in rough weather last Sunday.

The search ended Sunday after officials discovered the wreckage of Miss Ally, but failed to recovery any bodies.

Katlin Nickerson, Billy Jack Hatfield, Joel Hopkins, Cole Nickerson and Tyson Townsend, all from Woods Harbour, N.S., are presumed drowned.

"On behalf of the RCMP, Department of National Defence and the Coast Guard, we would like to express our sincerest condolences to the families," said Supt. Sylvie Bourassa-Muise.

A plane spotted the ship's overturned hull Saturday morning.

"The assessment confirmed the Miss Ally sustained significant damage. The wheelhouse and sleeping quarters were not attached to the vessel," said RCMP.

"I'm sure if that were (Stephen) Harper's son out there, they would have had the bodies out by now," George Hopkins, father of Joel, told QMI Agency on Thursday.

-- With files from Kris Sims


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