Today is the anniversary of a black day in the history of BC Ferry Service in this province.
10 years ago, March 22nd, 2006.
The Queen of the North hit bottom near Gil Island and sank.
The vessel was on its way from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy when it veered off course and ran aground.
An hour later, the ship was underwater and all but two passengers and crew were safely aboard life boats.
Shirley Rosette and Gerald Foisy of 100 Mile House, died that day. Their bodies were never recovered.
After the sinking and a lengthy investigation, the Navigating Officer, Karl Lilgert was charged with criminal negligence causing death, he was later convicted and sentenced to four years in prison.
BC Ferries’ president Mike Corrigan says the tragedy is not forgotten.
He calls it the darkest day in the history of the ferry service.
Since the Queen of the North sinking BC Ferries has introduced several new safety procedures across the fleet.