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Capsizing and loss of life – Fishing vessel Caledonian Marine Investigation Report M15P0286

On 05 September 2015, at approximately 1530 Pacific Daylight Time, the fishing vessel Caledonian capsized 20 nautical miles west of Nootka Sound, British Columbia. At the time, the vessel was trawling for hake with 4 crew members on board. Following the capsizing, the master and mate climbed onto the overturned hull and remained there for several hours. When the vessel eventually sank, the master and mate abandoned it, and the mate swam toward and boarded the life raft. The Canadian Coast Guard subsequently rescued the mate and recovered the bodies of the master and the 2 other crew members. History of the voyage – On 27 August 2015, after the Caledonian had returned to Port Hardy, British Columbia, following a groundfish fishing trip, the crew began preparing the vessel to switch fisheries from groundfish to hake. They topped up the fuel and water tanks to the predetermined levels and the regular master gave a brief handover to the engineer, who was taking over as master. The handover briefing focused on loading practices for hake. The master described the vessel’s departure condition, explaining that the 2 forward fish holds and the 2 aft fish holds were to be filled with seawater and that 2 tons of ice (no seawater) were to be stowed in each centre hold. Read the full report here 15:38

Transportation Safety Board report on B.C. fishing boat capsizing that killed three to be released

Investigators with the Board are scheduled to release a report today about a commercial fishing boat that capsized last year near Tofino, B.C., killing three men. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre has said the Caledonian’s crew was trying to haul in a net on Sept. 5, 2015, when the boat listed. It capsized and sank about 55 kilometres west of Estevan Point off Vancouver Island. A fourth man was rescued from a life-raft hours later. The BC Coroners Service identified Wesley Hagglund, Keith Standing and Doug White as the men who died in the accident. Link 09:55

‘Why did this happen?’: Tragic deaths of three crew on trawler highlight safety concerns in B.C. fishing industry

It’s hard work, to sift through the wreckage of a sunken fishing boat, investigate what happened and what failed, analyze structural integrity, meteorological conditions, shipyard maintenance records, and, in some cases, a coroner’s autopsy. But, said Glenn Budden, senior marine investigator with the Transportation Safety Board, the devastation back home is harder to deal with than the wreckage at sea. Talking to grieving spouses and children of fishermen who never returned from a voyage, Budden said, is “definitely the hardest part of the job.” “They want to know why? Why did this happen?” said Budden. Read the rest here 22:07