Tugboat that capsized off Vancouver, leaving one dead, moved to Mill Bay: TSB

Tugboat that capsized off Vancouver, leaving one dead, moved to Mill Bay: TSB
File photo of a Coast Guard hovercraft.

A tugboat that capsized in rough waters off Vancouver last month, resulting in the death of one man, has been moved to Mill Bay, according to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB).

The vessel “was moved to Mill Bay today, November 14, in order to obtain more information on the tug itself,” said Hugo Fontaine, the TSB’s media relations coordinator.

“It’s more a matter of logistics,” he told CHEK News. “The TSB will gather additional information from the vessel.”

It was on Oct. 23 when the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria responded to a distress call about a capsized boat not far from the entrance to English Bay.

By the time the Coast Guard hovercraft, several other rescue boats and a search-and-rescue helicopter reached the scene, there was no sign of the vessel.

Its 61-year-old operator, the only one on board, died as a result of the capsizing, said University RCMP in an initial release. No one else was hurt.

Police said the man’s body was pulled ashore by a bystander, and exceptionally strong winds and turbulent waters likely contributed to the cause of the capsizing.

The TSB, which is investigating alongside RCMP and WorkSafeBC, says the vessel, called Green Hornet, was eventually located and raised to the surface.

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-with files from The Canadian Press

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