Ferry sinks off of BC's Queen Charlotte Islands


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Jason D. Tiller

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A ferry has sunk off the coast of B.C.'s Queen Charlotte Islands, south of Prince Rupert.

Captain Leah Byrne, of the Search and Rescue Centre in Victoria, said all of the 101 people aboard were rescued and there were no reports of any injuries.

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One survivor had this to say about the sinking:

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Within an hour, the ship actually tilted to the side, levelled out and it sunk down to the sixth deck, came back up like the Titanic, dipped and then it went under.

Plus, according to news reports here today, the ferry was "clearly off course". As far as the two missing passengers go, they were reportedly seen on land:

B.C. vessel 'off course': Officials
 

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here's a G&M piece on the rescue, quotes make it clear the stunned witnessing in disbelief as the ship became gone,
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060323.,snip

-and- here's a piece too with at banner-right links to the various reports, like a gathered-central on't, the sinking, the saving,etc.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060324.,snip

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Not only the survivors on the tossed seas picked up by the boat fleet from the village, but also the heroic coastal villagers, reminds me of the Lusitania off kinsale and queenstown ... and the premier thanked the heroic villagers in his released statement >> http://www.gov.bc.ca/bvprd/bc/home.do?navId=NAV_ID_province&action=premier&,snip(hit 'read more')

-and- they'll be diving upon the 400ft ship in 340 meter waters Saturday. (and for those following story like me, ctv.ca site has several stories/details on this throughout) >> http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060322/,snip
 

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The wreck was located yesterday in about 427 meters of water, intact. Update on the two missing passengers, they are now presumed dead. Some pictures were taken at the site, but they showed no indication of them.

Weather permitting, a second dive will be performed today.

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rob scott

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tried to post this last night but the board was not answering, six tries, no response from board
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060325,snip

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How the Queen Lost her way
the story of how they believe she missed the important turn and went straight on the Gil island, ripping guts out along a long stretch (shades of Titanic) and then miraculously perched on Gil rock just long enough the people could get off before sliding off and down in 340 meters- it's really deep right up to the shore which is rocky like fjords.
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Anyway, I believe this guess, they'll know more after interviewing all including captain, but this seems like how it really happened; somehow in the black night visuals were misunderstood, things looked different than reality, nav gear not used to doubleverify and corroberations, and straight on til (not morning) grounding and ripping, grinding, uugh.
OH, they've got two subs now on the job.
 
Jason, that's what Seattle's television news has been reporting. It was apparently travelling quite fast, perhaps too fast for conditions. Hmmm. . . .

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Jason, does Canada's Transportation Safety Board have a website? If so, I would think that any preliminary synopsis and ultimately the final report would be accessible there.

Running full speed into the rocks in a well known and charted waterway speaks to a chain of errors that would almost be comical were it not for two people ending up dead. You can be certain some careers are going to go swirling down the loo and I'd be amazed if somebody didn't end up in jail if criminal negligence can be proved.
 

Jason D. Tiller

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Yep, our Transportation Safety Board has a website, Mike:

http://www.tsb.gc.ca/

There's nothing on the site yet, but I'm sure a report will be available soon as they are almost finished their investigation. I don't doubt that a few people or maybe more are going to lose their positions. If someone doesn't end up in jail though, I'll be very surprised as well.
 
Thanks Jason. It looks like a site well worth keeping an eye on and I've gone ahead and bookmarked it. Right now, the marine section has reports all the way up to the year 2004.
 
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