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Search continues for 5 missing Nova Scotia fishermen

A Canadian search and rescue Cormorant helicopter is seen in a September 2006 file photo.

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An overnight search by coast guard vessels and several aircraft has produced no sign of the crew of a fishing boat that went missing in hurricane-force winds.

A spokesman for the Halifax search and rescue co-ordination centre said early Tuesday that sea conditions were extremely rough, with waves reaching six metres.

Lt. Peter Ryan says that the search by a Hercules aircraft, a Cormorant helicopter and the coast guard ships over a vast area of ocean 120 kilometres southeast of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, hadn't resulted in any sightings of either the five missing crew, their life-raft or their vessel.

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He says that the Cormorant helicopter had to return to its base during the night due to the poor conditions, but will head out again Tuesday.

The search and rescue co-ordination centre says the emergency locator beacon transmitted a signal from the 13-metre boat, based in Woods Harbour, N.S., on Sunday at 11 p.m.

George Hopkins, the father of one of the missing men, 27-year-old Joel Hopkins of Woods Harbour, has said the name of the vessel is the Miss Ally.

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