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Crew of aging tugboat stranded in Halifax now heading home to Central America

HALIFAX – Eight men left stranded in Halifax after their decrepit tugboat was deemed a safety risk are scheduled to return to their homes in Central America on Monday thanks to donations raised by a local group.

Helen Glenn, manager of he Mission to Seafarers, says the charity raised about $7,000 in cash and has enough airline points to fly the men to Honduras and El Salvador.

The crew has been living aboard the ragged, 68-year-old vessel since Dec. 18 when it sailed into Halifax harbour to escape a winter gale.

Transport Canada detained it, citing concerns over its safety.

Meanwhile, the owner of the tug — New Jersey-based Vesta Shipping — says the men should fix the vessel instead of appealing to the public for help.