‘15 minutes out mama’: The tragic story of Port Dover fisherman Michael Smith who drowned in Lake Erie
|Toronto Star 22 Nov 2020 at 07:51|
Frigid water shushing against the hull, spray peppering windows, as the fish tug bores through Lake Erie, clouds breaking to reveal the pale, fleeting blue of a mercurial March sky.
On board, Michael Smith sent his wife a text like he always did to start the day:
“Good morning beautiful, I love you.”
They headed southwest around Long Point, the 40-kilometre sand spit that stretches nearly halfway across the lake.
Smith recorded video: the wheelhouse, engine rumbling, tote boxes awaiting some of the first smelt of the commercial fishing season. He pulled open a steel door through which the trawling net is pulled, to show the water rolling by.