Marine Fatality and Two Serious Injuries

Location: 
Jervis Inlet
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2007-03-21
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On March 21, 2007 a 27-foot aluminum crew boat was engaged in supporting logging operations, including supplying fuel to a boom boat in Jervis Inlet, BC. At the end of the working day the crew boat picked up the operator of the boom boat, who had accidentally fallen into the water, with the intention of returning to the logging camp. At approximately 21:30, the crew boat struck a rocky shoreline at high speed in Princess Royal Reach. The momentum of the vessel was such that it came to rest among the trees along the shoreline. Of the four persons onboard, two sustained serious injuries and one died. The weather condition at the time of the incident was heavy snow with restricted visibility.

Information gathered by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has revealed the following safety shortcomings on the both the crew boat and the boom boat.
Crew Boat:
•The operator of the crew boat was not appropriately trained and certified;
•The crew had not taken appropriate marine emergency duty or basic marine communications training;
•Personal flotation devices on board the crew boat were not used at the time of the incident;
•Available marine VHF radios were not used effectively to seek assistance;
•The crew boat was not registered/licensed, as required by Transport Canada regulations;
•The crew boat had not been inspected by Transport Canada as required under the Small Vessel Monitoring and Inspection Program (SVMIP); and,
•The crew and passengers had been consuming alcohol on board, which does not respect the ‘no-alcohol’ policy for the logging camp.

Boom Boat:
•The boom boat had embarked on a 24 mile voyage for which it carried insufficient fuel capacity;
•The operator of the boom boat was not appropriately trained or certified;
•The boom boat was not equipped with appropriate navigation or marine communications, or survival equipment;
•The boom boat was not registered/licensed as required by Transport Canada regulations; and,
•The boom boat had not been inspected by Transport Canada as required under the SVMIP.
Relevant Regulations

Transport Canada Regulations:

Learnings and Suggestions: 

1.Ensure that operators of crew boats and boom boats are properly trained as required;
•The Small Vessel Monitoring and Inspection Program http://www.tc.gc.ca/marinesafety/CES/Small-Commercial-Vessels/SVMIP-upto...
2.Ensure that the correct safety equipment is on all crew boats and boom boats and that crews are trained in its proper use;
3.Inspect all crew boats and boom boats on a regular basis as required by Transport Canada;
4.Reinforce that the use of drugs and alcohol on the job or while operating any piece of equipment, including boats is strictly prohibited;
5.Ensure all boom boats and crew boats are appropriately equipped with functional navigation equipment, marine communications equipment and survival gear.

File attachments
2007-03-21 Marine fatility 2 serious injuries.pdf
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