HALIFAX (CP) – The Montreal Canadiens hockey club is confirming that the woman swept off a Nova Scotia tall ship is the daughter of the club’s executive vice president, Bob Gainey.
Laura Gainey, 25, was washed off a deck at the back of the vessel in a storm at 9:30 p.m. Friday.
A search is continuing this morning.
Dan Moreland, the senior captain of the Picton Castle, says she is a volunteer on the vessel who is known to be very fit, and is “a well loved crew member.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. coast guard says the search for the woman is in a crucial stage this morning.
Spokeswoman Faith Wisinski says aircraft resumed searching at first light and a U.S. coast guard vessel has searched through the night for Gainey.
However, she says that as of 9 a.m. this morning, Gainey has been in the water 30 hours.
Wisinski says the water is warm in the area, but it’s expected hypothermia would normally take a person’s life after 36 hours.
Gainey isn’t wearing a life-jacket.