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Fishermen killed by entangled whale moments after freeing it from nets

By Mason White 12:26 PM July 13, 2017
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By: Joe Howlett

A man in Canada, who has dedicated his life to rescuing whales that were entangled in nets, was killed by one.

For more than a decade, 59-year-old Joe Howlett, who is lobster fisherman, volunteered to rescue whales from fishing gear. He was tragically killed moments after freeing one, his colleagues said.

Howlett, who is the co-founder of Campobello Whale Rescue Team, was carrying out the rescue in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in New Brunswick.

During the rescue mission that was carried out from a boat on Monday, the freed whale made an unexpected move that killed Howlett, Jerry Conway, an adviser with the Campobello Whale Rescue, said.

Conway did not go into details about what happened, but he explained that rescuers face many dangers, including getting entangled in the rope or being dragged overboard.

“You’re dealing with a 70-ton whale that’s very upset,” Conway said.