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Tugboat captain dead after tug capsizing off Point Grey 


Bob Mackin 

A 61-year-old tugboat operator died after the vessel capsized off Point Grey on Oct. 23. 

The man’s name was not released.

Hovercraft Siyay (Canadian Coast Guard)

In a news release on Oct. 24, the RCMP said the University detachment received a report at 2:44 p.m. that a body washed ashore at Tower Beach. 

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) had received a mayday distress call from a tugboat operator around 1:30 p.m.

RCMP public information officer S. Sgt. Kris Clark said the investigation continues but the man was operating the vessel alone and there were no other injuries. The cause is not known, but strong winds and turbulent waters may have contributed to the capsizing. 

Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft Siyay, lifeboat Laredo Sound and a search and rescue inflatable after JRCC responded, along with a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter. The operation was called-off at 6:20 p.m. 

B.C. Coroners’ Service, Transportation Safety Board of Canada and WorkSafeBC are investigating. 

“Tragically, despite an excellent coordinated effort by multiple responding agencies, the lone operator could not be revived,” Clark said. “Our hearts go out to the man’s family and friends in this difficult time.”

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