Jordan Hicken was a fisherman born and bred.
“All he wanted to do was fish,” Cole Condon said of his best friend who was lost at sea on May 21 while lobster fishing in the waters off Naufrage Harbour.
There have been many stories bandied about in the days since the 22-year old from Lower Montague went missing
There is one in particular, Cole said, that describes Jordan’s passion for fishing which began at a young age.
Jordan was no more than 10 or 11-years old and he was down at the wharf in the middle of the day in the middle of the week lugging traps.
A man asked him “Why aren’t you in school?”
Jordan looked at him and said, “I am in school.”
That was his essence, Cole said.
“He learned everything he ever wanted to know on the wharf,” he added.
Jordan had is own boat, Topanga Sea.
Cole said he will never forget the hours they spent together fishing out of the harbours in eastern PEI.
For three summers he and five or six other friends made up the revolving crew on Topanga Sea.
“His smart little cracks and one liners are things I will miss,” Cole said. “And listening to the hoedown on Saturday nights in the building while working on the boat.”
Jordan had a large network of friends.
“We were such a tight knit group of friends and Jordan was always in the middle of it,” Cole said.
Jordan was fishing with his father Trevor aboard Plum Crazy when the tragedy occurred a few short weeks ago.
A search began quickly once word spread the young man had fallen overboard.
Fishers from Naufrage Harbour were joined by a host of others from nearby harbours.
Local fire departments combed the water with their Zodiacs, Coast Guard and air support from both Canadian Armed Forces as well as a fixed wing plane were brought into action by the Atlantic Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.
Official rescue efforts were called off at the end of that day, but the search hasn’t stopped.
From day-one Cole has been among those searching.
It is a heartbreaking task, but when he walks along the shore and sees footprints in the sand he knows others are still joining in the search and that gives him some comfort in his grief.
“I don’t have enough thanks for the people who are still out there looking for him.”
“We did a lot of firsts together,” Cole said, reminiscing about the 18 plus years the boys have been neighbours and friends.
Jordan had been fishing in Sou’west Nova for the past four years and had convinced several friends to join him recently.
It is a job they refer to as the 'Fishermen’s Alberta' and those winter road trips are memories Cole will cherish for a long time to come.
Hockey was another passion for Jordan.
As he made his way through the minor hockey ranks in Montague there are many memorable moments.
“He liked causing trouble on the ice, but his own most memorable moment was during the final game of his final year and he scored the game winner - he jumped into the bench celebrating,” Cole said.
That moment was captured on video and played over many times during the last couple of weeks.
“He was one of those ‘I’m doing it my way and I’ll deal with whatever happens later’ kind of guy,” said Cole describing his best friends’s tenacity.
“He was more of a brother than a friend.”
Volunteers continue to search the shoreline and water from East Point to Tracadie on the north shore.