Mounties have confirmed that a woman died after a boat caught fire in Ladysmith over the weekend.
The remains of a woman who was missing and presumed dead following the fire near the Ladysmith Marina have been recovered, BC RCMP said in a media release issued Tuesday afternoon.
At approximately 5:20 a.m. on Feb. 27, a 50-foot vessel with a man and woman on board caught fire and became fully engulfed near the Ladysmith Marina.
Multiple agencies including RCM-SAR 29, the Canadian Coast Guard, Ladysmith Fire Department, and Ladysmith RCMP responded to the blaze, which firefighters eventually extinguished after the boat was towed closer to shore at Slag Point.
RCMP had said earlier that the man on board the vessel was able to escape after being rescued by the operator of a small skiff while the female died as her body had not been located following a search at the time.
Cpl. Chris Manseau, a spokesperson for the Vancouver Island RCMP, said in a press release that the investigation into the incident has concluded and there is “no indication” of criminality.
“The investigators have since recovered the remains of the woman from the boat and have been in close contact with the BC Coroners Service,” said Manseau, adding that the coast guard has been involved and may recover what remains of the vessel and the debris.