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Aircraft heads out to resume search for boat

WOODS HARBOUR, N.S. - A military aircraft is heading out today to resume searching for any signs of a fishing boat that capsized off Nova Scotia with the loss of its five crew.

A spokesman for the RCMP says that the coast guard vessel Sir William Alexander is also steaming towards an area over a hundred kilometres southeast of Liverpool where debris was spotted on Thursday.

Cpl. Scott MacRae says that fishing vessels are making their way towards the area, and that police have been relaying information to those fishermen.

MacRae says that a search on Thursday only revealed small items of debris close to the last known position of the 13-metre Miss Ally which overturned sometime Sunday.

He says an initial analysis of photos taken during the air patrol suggested the items were from the vessel.

Families of the fishermen had asked federal authorities to attempt to recover the hull of the vessel and bring the bodies of the fishermen home after the search was called off.

The upturned boat was last spotted by the coast guard Wednesday afternoon.

George Hopkins, whose son Joel was aboard the Miss Ally, has said he was pleased that the efforts to find the overturned hull had resumed.

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