One Person Missing After Prince Rupert-Based "Miss Cory" Capsizes Near Vancouver Island

The commercial seine roe-herring fishery opened on a tragic note yesterday, with the sinking of a Prince Rupert-based vessel -- and the feared drowning of one crew member -- off the coast of Vancouver Island.

The Coast Guard says 17-metre Miss Cory was reported to have capsized, with five people on board, at around 4pm yesterday.

Four people were safely recovered from the water by a nearby fishing vessel -- but a fifth person was believed to be inside the engine room during the disaster and is still missing.  

The Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre dispatched Coast Guard vessels and a Cormorant helicopter was sent from C-F-B Comox.

The search was called off around 8:30 last night and it's now being turned over to the R-C-M-P as a missing persons case.  

The boat was built in 1956.