Richard Lavoie is back on the sinking of the “Nadine”, there are close to 30 years

Richard Lavoie revient sur le naufrage du «Nadine», il y a près de 30 ans

Madelinot by his maternal grandfather, veteran filmmaker Richard Lavoie has always been the Îles-de-la-Madeleine in his heart. Five-part documentary of his extensive filmography that spans more than 50 years have been filmed there. The sixth, in the course of mounting, however, is the one who is most likely to be chatting in the cottages of the archipelago.

In Widows, Nadine, the director of the Limoilou area looks back on a dramatic episode of the history of the Islands, the sinking of the trawler, The ” Nadine, which occurred in the night from 16 to 17 December 1990, off the Large haul-out. Eight of the 10 crew members had lost their lives.

Only the captain of the ship, Robert Poirier, and his brother Serge had been recovered by the coast Guard, after having floated in the sea for nine hours, in their habit of survival. Both have agreed to commit themselves to the camera.

At the time, the Bureau of transportation safety concluded that a number of openings on the rear deck of the Nadine had not been closed tightly, despite the bad weather, which would have contributed to the destabilisation of the trawler of 40 meters and lead to its loss.

Despite the passage of years, the wounds stay bright for relatives of the victims, as the cause of the tragedy has never been fully elucidated.

“There’s some kind of omerta to the Islands around this drama. It was accused, probably wrongly sailors ”


Richard Lavoie

“There’s some kind of omerta to the Islands around this tragedy,” says Mr. Lavoie. It was accused, probably wrongly sailors. It is easy, they are dead, except the captain and his brother. It has created a bit of a problem in the sense that it was people from the whole community. The whole community felt targeted.”

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Author of several documentaries on the regions — for example, Rank 5, on agriculture in quebec, or even Pier-Blues, on the disappearance of the quays of the St. Lawrence-Richard Lavoie brings this project to the end of arm for a long time. It was in the Islands when the boat was out of the water, in November 1991. He has kept images.

Because of its links with this part of the country — “I am Richard Luke Edmond” — he said, “the person entitled” to return to this black page that the film will bring a new light, he promises, while keeping the secret on a few of the crucial information uncovered during the filming.

“When the events happened, I was close to families. I always promised that I would make a film, to allow the population to express themselves, the widows, in particular, who always felt flouées. I’m not saying that the movie is going to fix everything, but maybe he is going to bring a bit of serenity.”

The filmmaker, 81-year-old should undertake the editing of his documentary, for a release next year. By then, he hopes to convince an officer of the company Madelipêche, referred by the coroner’s inquest, to give his version of the facts. At the time, the coroner Jacques Bérubé had described “the conditions of work provided by this company is unacceptable, unjustifiable and dangerous”.

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