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By Gopi Chandra Kharel | February 18, 2013 11:11 PM PST

A community in Nova Scotia is awaiting word on the fate of five fishermen after a boat they were sailing in capsized off the south coast in Nova Scotia, late Sunday night.

The five men were said to be fishing for halibut in a 13-meter boat named 'Miss Ally' that went missing.

A navy spokesman told CTV News that a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter and two Canadian Coast Guard vessels have been searching the area where the five men and their boat went missing, about 120 kilometers off the coast of Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

The search efforts were hampered by stormy weather conditions.

"The weather out there was very poor, low visibility and high winds and very challenging seas," The Canadian Press reported quoting the Navy spokesperson, Lt. Peter Ryan.

The fishermen departed from a dock in a little fishing community of Woods Harbor in Shelburne county in south-western tip of Nova Scotia.

They went to a place called "the gully" a spot near Sable island looking for halibut and swordfish. The five fishermen left the Cape Sable Island on Feb. 12. Six days later, the boat went missing.

A helicopter that was dispatched at 7:30 a.m. Monday found an overturned boat along with a life-raft in the area. But the helicopter crew did not see any of the fishermen.

All the fishermen who are in their early 20s to mid 30s are said to be good friends as they have been fishing together since they were teenagers, a cousin of one of the missing men missing told CBC News.

Transport Canada records state the vessel is owned by Katlin Todd Nickerson, a company based in Woods Harbor within the municipality of Barrington. The Woods Harbor community comprising 7,000 members is anxiously awaiting news on the missing fishermen. 

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