Thirty two crew members aboard Ocean Choice International’s offshore fishing vessel, Atlantic Destiny, were evacuated after a fire broke out on board on March 2.
Ocean Choice said later Wednesday that the vessel sank. There were no injuries resulting from the incident.
A total of 28 crew members were safely taken via helicopter to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where they received medical attention, food and accommodation.
The final four crew members and two search and rescue staff who stayed with the remaining crew were safely transferred from the vessel via the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Cape Roger and were en route to Shelburne, Ocean Choice announced Wednesday morning.
"The safety of our employees is our top priority. It is what matters most to us," said Ocean Choice CEO Martin Sullivan.
The Canadian and United States Coast Guard as well as several offshore fishing vessels including the Cape LaHave, Maude Adams, Atlantic Preserver and the Atlantic Protector came to the aid of the crew.
"The collective efforts of our crew and all those who came to assist the crew and the vessel resulted in the best possible outcome for this situation," said Blaine Sullivan, president, Ocean Choice.
An investigation into the cause of the fire will begin shortly, the company said.
The Atlantic Destiny is one of Ocean Choice’s six offshore fishing vessels. The vessel harvests frozen at sea scallops and at the time of the incident the vessel was in the Georges Bank area.