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Tignish community comes together to pray for P.E.I. fishermen still missing at sea

Tignish and area residents gathered all along the cliffs at North Cape Wednesday, hoping two missing fishermen will be found.
Tignish and area residents gathered all along the cliffs at North Cape Wednesday, hoping two missing fishermen will be found. - Eric McCarthy

TIGNISH, P.E.I. - Close to 300 people gathered in St. Simon and St. Jude Church in Tignish on the morning of Sept. 19 to pray for two fishermen missing at sea, their families and for the well-being of the young fisherman who made it safely to shore.

Prayers were also extended to those out searching for the missing men.

It was the second prayer service in 13 hours. A smaller crowd was in attendance for a hastily called service Tuesday night, when people were still learning about that afternoon’s tragedy off North Cape.

“Any time there is a tragedy, we need to come together to support one another,” said seminarian Walter Flynn, who presided over the services.

A vigil light, which was lit during Tuesday’s service, will keep burning while search and rescue operations continue.

“I think it is very important that we show our friends and neighbours, although I might not be directly involved; I’m not a family member, but I can show support to those who are. I want to be here for you.”

John Handrahan attended both services and described them as a time to offer prayers for hope.

“It’s tough,” he said.

“It strikes pretty close. It could’ve been any boat.”

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