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Tignish misses its own 'Still Standing' showcase as community reels from tragedy at sea

Tignish and area residents are keeping watch for two fishermen missing since Tuesday.
Tignish and area residents are keeping watch for two fishermen missing since Tuesday. - Eric McCarthy

TIGNISH, P.E.I. - While a national television audience was watching as Tignish, Prince Edward Island was being showcased on the season premiere of CBC Television’s Still Standing, many of the residents of Tignish were far removed from their television sets.

Many of them were either at a prayer service at their church or at North Cape, joining the search for two missing fishermen from their community

The host of the show, Jonny Harris, posted on Facebook Sept. 19  he learned of the Tignish tragedy after the season premiere had aired.

“When I arrived home after a small screening party last night,” he wrote, “a fisherman from another PEI town previously featured on our series had messaged me. A boat with three fishermen had capsized a couple of kms off the Tignish shore - one survivor clinging to a piece of wreckage had made it to shore. Distraught and soaking wet, he stumbled into a local restaurant looking for help.
“The effort being made to find the two remaining men is a massive one.
“From the Coast Guard, Armed Forces, Dept of Fisheries and Oceans, to all the locals combing the shore and providing help in any way they can - the thoughts and support of everybody at Still Standing are with you at this time.”

A special viewing of the show had been arranged at the Tignish Parish Centre, but only about 20 people attended, said Anne Arsenault of Tignish Initiatives. Some of them, she said, still hadn’t heard about the tragedy that had just unfolded at North Cape.

Arsenault said the episode did help "brighten the spirits” of those who attended the screening or watched the episode at home, but it can’t offset the loss being felt in Tignish. She said the community is in mourning.

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