Hurricane Bertha Bears Down on Canada
MIAMI (AP) _ Mariners were securing their vessels in Halifax, Nova Scotia, today as Hurricane Bertha continued on an expected collision course with Canada’s maritime provinces.
Crew members aboard the damaged Greek cargo ship Corazon, caught in the hurricane 340 miles off Cape Cod, abandoned ship early today. At least one seaman died and six were missing early today.
Eighteen crew members were rescued from a lifeboat and a life raft after four or more hours in heavy seas. Three were in a lifeboat and one was still in the water this morning, said Coast Guard Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Rodney Gadsden.
At noon, Bertha was centered near latitude 41.8 north and longitude 62.0 west, or about 185 miles south southwest of Sable Island, Nova Scotia. The hurricane was moving northeast at about 12 mph, with top sustained winds near 75 mph.
Little change in strength or direction was expected through Thursday morning, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in suburban Coral Gables.
The government of Canada has issued a heavy rainfall and wind warning for the eastern Canadian maritime provinces, and tropical storm force winds of at least 39 mph were beginning to reach land early today, forecasters said.
Rough waters attributed to the hurricane created havoc Tuesday with swimmers in Florida, where one man drowned and nearly 200 had to be rescued from Volusia County waters, according to chief lifeguard, Tom Rennick.
Nelson Lejune, 59, drowned trying to rescue his 18-year-old foster son, Robert Perry, at New Smyrna Beach, about 15 miles south of Daytona Beach. Perry survived.