WOODS HARBOUR, N.S. - A Baptist pastor said today that people in his community in southwestern Nova Scotia are feeling a "deep sadness," as they cope with news that the search for five fishermen has been called off.
The search for the young men and their capsized boat was reduced to a missing persons case late Tuesday as the military concluded there was little hope for their survival.
Two coast guard vessels and five aircraft had covered more than 18,000 square kilometres of open ocean since the search started late Sunday.
Pastor Phil Williams says the mood in Woods Harbour is one of "brokeness and pain."
He also says that people in Woods Harbour are bringing food to the five families, and are rallying around them to provide support.
He says hundreds of people have attended a prayer vigil at his small church, where five candles are flickering in the front of the church.
The military says the 13-metre fishing boat Miss Ally had capsized about 120 kilometres southeast of Liverpool as it was tossed about by 10 metre waves whipped up by winds approaching hurricane force late Sunday.
The ocean temperature at the time was hovering between 2 C and 4 C.