Training and God helped the crew of the Lady JLN escape the sinking scallop dragger, says one of the crewmembers.
“Three of us had the training and it definitely helped,” said Shawn Randell, two days after he and the four other members of the crew arrived safely in Digby. “We knew how to put on the suits, we knew how to get in the raft, but I believe God also helped us.
“None of us panicked, he gave us that calm attitude and he made sure we all got in the life raft.”
The crew abandoned the Lady JLN about 8 p.m. Friday night, Jan. 17 in Chignecto Bay near Parrsboro.
“We hit a big piece of ice and that put a big hole in the bow,” said Randell. “We tried pumping her out but that wasn’t helping.”
“Luckily it was a nice night,” he said. “That’s not how it usually happens.”
Dave Campbell of New Germany was the captain. The rest of the crew were all from Bridgewater or New Germany way.
The men jumped into the life raft and were picked up by the crew of the Soldier’s Boy, also a scallop dragger from Digby, about 10 or 15 minutes later.
The crew returned to Digby aboard a third scalloper, the Brittany & Madison 3, skippered by the owner of the Lady JLN.
Randell says they didn’t see the Lady JLN go down but heard others saying on the radio that it was gone.
“We didn’t stick around,” said Randell.
He says he is a little shook up and is going to take a week to clear his head before heading back out scalloping.