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Fishing trip becomes nightmare for Chester Basin man



Mark Roberts
Lighthouse staff

 COUNTY - Chester Basin resident Joe Duffney went mackerel fishing September 3, unaware of the disaster that occurred the night before.

 He left 7 a.m. with a neighbour, planning to spend the day fishing off Ironbound and Pearl Island. An agonizing shock awaited them, however, when they reached their destination point. The ocean was literally covered with bodies, body parts and wreckage from Swissair Flight 111.

 Mr. Duffney said, "I didn't know a thing. We went out mackerel fishing and saw all the boats. I turned on the radio to see what happened and heard all this so I just started picking up a bunch of stuff. I was only about 100 feet from them (searchers) when I saw them pick up a body." He didn't return home until 4 p.m. after running out of fuel.

 He said the scene cannot be described in words. He found three scalps and the belly of a woman for example. "The stomach parts were burnt. You should have seen the little bits of flesh. You couldn't pick them up with a gaff. You needed a dip net. I gave them all to this guy. I had them all in a bucket."

 He said he picked up a plastic bag full of letters that was marked restricted, which he also returned. Floating footware, he said, was also a horrible reminder of the tragedy. "Not one boot was untied. They were just blown off."

 During the Vietnam War, he said, he worked in Stephenville, Newfoundland helping injured soldiers. Although many soldiers lost their limbs and many died in front of him, he said, "This was a lot worse. It was the worse thing I've witnessed in my life."

 He continued, just hours after returning home, "I haven't had dinner or supper yet and I still don't feel like eating after what I've seen but I had to try and help out. We could have saved someone's life."


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Chester Basin resident Joe Duffney went mackerel fishing September 3 - the day after Swissair Flight 111 plummeted into the sea - unaware of the tragedy and horror that awaited him. Mr. Duffney spent the day searching for survivors and bodies.


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