2 Alive, 1 Dead After Prawn Vessel Capsizes Off Of Moresby Island

Authorities are investigating.

[This story originally appeared on The North Coast Review, a blog based in Prince Rupert that contains “items of interest to those living on the North Coast of BC.”]

The Queen Charlotte RCMP have provided an update on a marine incident off of Haida Gwaii that has seen one member of the crew of a fishing vessel pass away, and two others rescued by a nearby vessel.

A media release from the RCMP and Joint Response Coordination Centre (JRCC) out of Victoria provided some background to the Tuesday evening incident. The capsized vessel was apparently located near Oliver Island outside of Moresby Camp on Moresby Island: 

The JRCC reported that another vessel had located the capsized prawning boat with two survivors clinging to it and one person in the water. BC Ambulance and Sandspit Coast Guard responded to the scene. 

The captain of the vessel who found the prawning boat said he arrived on the scene at 4:30 PM, and it is believed the boat had capsized an hour before that. The boat, a 22 foot aluminum open haul skiff, had capsized after a series of waves hit it broadside. 

Queen Charlotte members attended the scene where paramedics and Coast Guard members were providing medical treatment to a 54-year-old man. The man was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

No further details have been released on the vessel’s home port or the crew members’ hometown. The BC Coroners Services is conducting a parallel investigation into the cause of death. 

The RCMP state that they will have no further information to released this time.

The full statement from the RCMP can be reviewed here.

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